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Great Britain ranks second in number of visitors taking Cuba holidays

  • 27-Jan-10 17:31
  • Cuba
  • Holiday Industry

Cuba's Tourism Minister has announced how Great Britain continues to be at the top of the list of Cuba visitors, standing strong at the second position only behind Canada, which is the leading market that provides the most to Cuba holidays

Great Britain ranks second in number of visitors taking Cuba holidays
Tourism Cuban minister Manuel Marrero Cruz recently declared Great Britain as the second source market to Cuba, with more Britons than ever taking Cuba holidays and contributing to the island’s tourism industry.
Meanwhile the number of Spanish tourists to the Island grew by 6.7% in 2009 (129 224 tourists) in comparison to 2008, thus snatching up the third position and trailing behind UK tourists. On the other hand Marrero added that Canada continues to occupy the first place, followed by Great Britain and Italy, that unfortunately has registered a reduction of 4% with a total of 118 347 tourists taking Cuba holidays in 2009, according to official statistics..
While Britain’s second position continues to be stable, Marrero commented on the growing Spanish trend - "The Spanish market is carrying out big investments in Cuba, especially in the hotel sector” – he said during the International Tourism Fair FITUR in Madrid held last week
As much as 55% of the total capital invested in Cuba hotel rooms is foreign, 90% of which corresponds to Spain. Cuban minister underlined that "Spanish airlines companies continue to trusting our offer". Referring to airplane changes, Marrero said the Spanish airliners have added other 70 seats a week to those already existent.
"This is due to the increasing demand because of cultural likeness and linguistic and also to the values of the Cuban market, so varied that not only offer the tourism of sun. We also have our traditional culture, the art, and National history that are impacting in the decisions of Spanish traveller, more and more attentive", he said.
Marrero also talked about the Cuban government's current battle concentrates on the investments in the tourist sector for the overall enhancement of Cuba holidays and its infrastructure, an important resource that has guaranteed the arrival of 2 429 809 tourists' to the country in 2009, with an increase of 3.5% in spite of the recession effect who had a negative impact on worldwide tourism.
Marrero went on by adding that "our efforts in Cuba are guided to create situations that favour the foreign investments and the personnel's formation in order to bring a better service. We never will liberate a war of prices, because we are not interested in it. Our war is to guarantee services of more quality that allow attracting a bigger number of tourists adapting our offer to the demands.”
In a last reference to Italy, now the fourth tourists outgoing market taking Cuba hoidays, Marrero said in the last three months have given increment signs, and in current January it is growing to a rhythm of 8%. "This makes us think that the 2010 will be a year of a strong recovery" for Italian tourism to Cuba – he concluded.
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