Cuban tourism expected to grow 4 percent in 2017

HAVANA, Jan 19th Sources from the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) said Cuba expects to receive 4.2 million tourists in 2017, a four percent growth compared to last year.

During the Roundtable TV program, MINTUR deputy Mayra Alvarezsaid the priority now is to improve the quality of the Cuban destination, continue with the investments in infrastructure and to add new services taking into consideration the potential Cuba has.

The official figure of visitors in 2016 was 4 million and 35 577, for a 14.5 percent growth, with Canada as the main source, MINTUR marketing deputy director Dalila Gonzalez said that the visits from the United States showed a significant increased thanks to the reestablishing of diplomatic relations and the issuing of more licenses under the 12 categories approved by President Obama

Another official said Cuba has now 66 547 hotel rooms, and they expect to have ready another 4 200 in the main Cuban tourist poles like Havana city, Varadero, Trinidad, Holguin and the keys on the northern part of Cuba. By 2020, Cuba has plans to have 20 thousand more, and another 104 thousand by 2030. (ACN)