The Cuban government controlled Radio Cadena Agramonte is reporting that the predictions of 2.7 million visitors to Cuba in 20111 was achieved “without any problem” and now the forecast for 2012 is logged to be 2.9 million visitors.
Among the predictions for the high season (November-April) an increase of 10 percent is expected.
The main markets continue to be Canada ranked first with a record number of one million vacationers followed by Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Argentina, Russia and then Mexico.
Cuba is currently prioritizing the rehabilitation of a group of hotels and amenities located in the main tourism areas aimed at improving the quality of its service along with the preservation and protection of Cuba’s natural environment.
Cuba is also planning on the diversification of the tourism industry by increasing the comfort of its hotel rooms and reinforcing its cultural and historic activities.
The industry continues to strive to improve the quality and professionalism of its employees.
An official report revealed that this past year had an 8 percent increase in tourists in 2011.
The government says that in less than 10 years, Cuba has become the third largest tourist destination in the Caribbean despite the restrictions on US tourism to Cuba.
Among the favorite tourist destinations are Varadero Beach (one million vacationers visited this region for the fourth consecutive year); Havana, Holguin and the Villa Clara keys, Jardines del Rey, Cayo Largo, Santiago de Cuba and Santa Lucia Beach.
Cuba currently has 60,000 hotel rooms.
The Cuban Tourism Ministry stressed that some of its projections for 2012 will be to implement an “Integral Development Plan” with short and medium term programs for the industry that includes refurbishing and revitalizing current facilities.
The construction of two hotels, one in the eastern city of Holguin and the second in Cayo Coco while the construction of a third, 769 room hotel was announced for Cayo Santa Maria to be managed by the Sirenis hotel chain.
Among the priorities in the tourism sector is the increase of cruise ships visiting the island and the construction of golf courses, in addition to increasing the availability of recreational water activities, events and health tourism.
An important event to be held in May 2012 the International Tourism Fair in Cayo Santa Maria. The fair will be dedicated to family tourism.
A new milestone in the Cuban tourism industry was marked with the figure of over 2 million vacationers for the 8th consecutive year taking into account that the island is a relatively young destination and geographically small in welcoming so many tourists in a 12 month period.