Tourism

Four Million Tourists Visited Cuba in 2016

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According to the official stats, four million tourists visited Cuba in 2016 and have contributed approximately $3 billion dollars to Cuban coffers. When compared to 2015, the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) has said this represents a 13% growth in tourism.  The increase in the numbers is welcoming news at a time when the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined nearly 1 per cent over previous years.  This was recently announced  by Cuban President Raul Castro and Economy Minister Ricardo Cabrisas in Parliament. Tourism is the most dynamic sector of Cuba’s economy. The National Statistics and Information Office (ONEI) reported in 2015, the total income from tourism at $1.94 billion. In response to the rapid rise in the number of tourists to Cuba, Manuel Marrero Cruz, the island’s Minister…

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