Cuba plans to welcome more tourists in 2017

A Cuban tourism official has said that Cuba will welcome 4.2 million tourists this year, 200,000 more than 2016.

In recent years, Cuba has seen a tourism boom with tourist arrivals hitting a record high of just over 4 million in 2016, said Dalila Gonzalez, Deputy Director of Marketing for the Cuban Tourism Ministry, following the announcement that Spanish airline Plus Ultra will open a new direct flight route between Barcelona and Havana.

As per the Cuban Tourism Ministry, four million foreign visitors arrived in Cuba in 2016, a 14.5% rise over 2015.

Plus Ultra’s Vice President Julio Martinez Ultra also announced the airline would start this code-shared trip with state-owned Cubana de Aviacion once a week, with the inaugural flight on July 1, originating in Barcelona. The company will become the fourth Spanish airline to fly to Cuba, a destination that already has regular flights with Iberia, Air Europa and Evelop.

Gonzalez stated that this new route will undoubtedly contribute to the increase of thousands of tourists coming not only from Spain but other European countries as well.