The Cuban Ministry of Tourism has reported that Cuba reached the three million mark in tourist arrivals, 75 days faster than last year. The figures represent a 24% growth in tourist numbers, continuing the country’s upward trend experienced in the last few years.
In the first six months of 2017, tourism revenues reached $1.5 billion, a nine percent growth compared to last year, while per-day tourists increased by 11.8%.
According to the Minister Manuel Marrero, the main source markets are Canada, United States, Spain, France, Italy and Germany.
The increase in arrivals made the Ministry of Tourism change its estimates for 2017, from 4.2 to 4.7 million tourists. The Tourism Minister said that by 2018 Cuba intends to receive five million visitors and confirmed the plan to expand the country’s accommodation capacity.
At present, Cuba has 67,769 hotel rooms, a figure that the minister hopes to raise to more than 100,000 by 2030 in order to meet the high demand in the main tourist centers such as Havana, the resort of Varadero, the eastern province of Holguin and the Cayería Norte and the city of Trinidad, in the central area.