For the fourth year in a row, Cuba is expecting to receive more than 2 million tourists this year 2007, which confirms that the island is one the most important tourist destinations in the Caribbean.
Cuba’s tourism deputy minister Maria Elena Lopez said that most of Cuba’s tourism markets are expected to grow by the end of this period. Lopez talked about the development of tourism in the island at the second session of the 18th French Travel Agencies Association (AFAT-VOYAGES)Congress underway in Hotel Playa Pesquero, which has the highest number of rooms (944) in the country.
The minister noted that besides the well-known quality of Cuba’s beaches and its nature, foreign visitors have showed increased interest in the history and culture of the island. More than 500 tourism experts are attending the Congress seeking to learn more about the island. The event could lead to a boost in the number of French visitors to Cuba, said Jean Pierre Mas president of Gala Agency.
As part of the activity program, participants in the event enjoyed a beach show named El alma de Cuba (Cuba’s Soul) in Cayo Bariay, located in the eastern province of Holguin, which has became the third tourist destination in the country. AFAT-VOYAGES was created in 1988. It includes more than 600 points of sale and is considered as the premier travel agencies network in France.