Major growth in arrivals
By the Caribbean Journal staff
Cuba’s tourism surge in 2015 continues.
The country is reporting a 15.9 percent increase in tourist arrivals in the first six months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014, according to the country’s National Statistical Office.
That’s being driven by a 21.7 percent jump in tourism from Germany a 27.5 percent increase in arrivals from the United Kingdom and a 28.5 percent increase in arrivals from France.
Cuba’s traditional tourism stronghold, Canada, is showing a 13.2 percent increase in the same period.
Cuba’s tourism data does not include arrivals from the United States, although a number of reports have shown significant growth as well, despite Cuba’s status as a restricted destination.
Only two countries sent fewer tourists to Cuba than last year: Colombia, which posted an 8 percent drop in arrivals, and Russia, which showed a 34.3 percent reduction in arrivals to Cuba.