Number of US tourists to Cuba almost DOUBLES

Number of US tourists to Cuba almost DOUBLES
HAVANA, May 7th (RT) Despite the Trump administration’s pressure on Cuba and threats to impose a “full and complete embargo”, US tourists have been flocking to the country in record numbers, according to data provided by Cuban authorities.

Washington is working hard to portray Cuba as a villain that impedes the ascent of democracy in Venezuela by keeping the crisis-hit country under “occupation.” However, that doesn’t seem to do much to discourage US tourists from swarming the island’s world-famous white sand beaches.

Michel Bernal, commercial director at Cuba’s tourism ministry, said Monday that there has been an almost twofold increase in visitors from the US in the first four months of the year. 93.5 percent more US citizens visited Cuba from January to April than during the same period of last year, he said, as quoted by Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba’s communist party.

That has made the US one of the top two countries that supply tourists to Cuba. The US only trails behind its northern neighbor, Canada.

Cuba saw a seven percent increase in total tourist arrivals compared to the previous year. Bernal noted that, while choosing their holiday destination, visitors apparently paid no heed to Washington’s hostile rhetoric.

“Despite defamatory campaigns against Cuba, 13.5 percent of tourists that visit us say they chose the island for its safety,”he said.

A total of 1.93 million foreign visitors came to the country in the first quarter of 2019. While the number of tourists to Cuba in on the rise, there has been a mild setback in terms of European arrivals. The number of visitors from Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain decreased on average by 10-13 percent, while the number of tourists from Russia grew.