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Cuba holidays and the Great Challenges of 2009

  • 31-Dec-09 16:23
  • Cuba
  • Holiday Industry

As the difficult year of 2009 draws to an end, Cuba recalls the troublesome 12 months it leaves behind during which Cubans despite the difficulties were able to overcome the economical challenges and keep the Cuba holidays appeal growing strong

Cuba holidays and the Great Challenges of 2009
With 2009 soon coming to an end, this Caribbean island recalls how it coped with the difficult past twelve months during which Cuba holidays grew stronger despite a fall in the revenue they generated. Despite all difficulties, Cubans were able to pull it together and confront the many rising challenges, maintaining the social achievements which have turned the nation into a regional and international point of reference and an attractive holiday destination with a uniquely seductive appeal.
The efforts and projects are now focused on 2010 and making Cuba holidays even more profitable in the future, in order to improve the economy in a world full of uncertainty.
At the end of the fourth session of the 7th Legislature of the Cuban Parliament, an assessment was made about the main developments over the past twelve months. Deputies passed the Economic and Social Guidelines and the State Budget for the coming year, both considered vital tools to face the challenges of the immediate future of Cuba holidays.
While the number of visitors taking Cuba holidays in 2009 rose to a new record high by year’s end, estimate figures indicated that tourism revenue fell in comparison to 2008.
Cuban official media quoted Manuel Marrero, Tourism Minister, who said that despite maintaining the popularity of Cuba holidays with a 3.3 % increase in the number of tourists reaching the 2.4 million figure; the amount of revenue generated by the sector fell by 11 % overall when compared to the previous year. This was largely due to discounts offered on the island as a way for the country to remain competitive in the Caribbean holidays sector against the massive slashing of prices and the deteriorating international economy.
Marrero also added that Canada once again was the top source of visitors, as Canadians favour Cuba holidays at the top of their holiday destinations with some 900,000 visitors, followed by Britain and Spain as the second and third more important visitors.
The minister also said 2,000 new guestrooms were built at the country’s main tourism destinations in 2009 and that a “development strategy” has been mapped out for the 2010-2015 period.
Over the next six years, for the future of Cuba holidays, the island plans to invest in the construction of new golf courses and hotels in top tourism areas such as Havana, the Varadero beach resort, Guardalavaca, Cayo Coco and Trinidad.
Authorities say 2009 was the sixth consecutive year in which the number of visitors to Cuba, which depends heavily on tourism and Cuba holidays as a source of hard currency, surpassed the two-million mark.
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