Sunday, January 5, 2014

Cuba: Havana Falls Short of Its Goal of 3 Million Tourists in 2013

According to The Latin American Tribune, Cuba welcomed between January and November more than 2.5 million foreign tourists, according to data published by the National Statistics and Information Office (ONEI).

The report said that 2,546,851 tourists arrived on the island in the first 11 months of 2013, with 234,266 of them landing here in November.

Cuba will not reach its target volume of 3 million tourists this year, but rather, as directors of the sector have said, the total for 2013 is expected to be around 2.8 million foreign visitors, a number similar to last year.

COMMENT: Among the main factors that have influenced Cuba’s failure to reach its tourist target, Cuban tourism authorities point to problems in the source countries such as unemployment and the global economic crisis.

Canada, which accounts for 38.9% of foreign visitors, remains in the lead as Cuba’s top tourist market with more than 1 million visitors to the Caribbean island this year.

Canada is followed by the following countries in descending order: UK, Germany, France, Argentina, Italy, México, Spain, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, China, Perú and Brazil.