For the ninth year Cuba surpasses two millionth-visitor mark

HAVANA, Cuba, Thursday, August 30, 2012 – Cuba has welcomed its two millionth foreign visitor 20 days earlier than it did in 2011.

The was revealed recently Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) in a press release that stated that this figure represents an increase of 5.3 percent compared to the same period last year.

This increase was attributed to the strategies under the Authentic Cuba campaign, which promotes Cuba through several countries around the world.

The ministry added the country was on track to reach its goal of goal of 2.9 million foreign visitors in this year.

Cuba has hit and surpassed the two million visitor mark for the last nine consecutive years and continues to place among the top vacation destinations in the Caribbean, the report noted.

Canada remains the largest source market for visitors, followed by England, France, Germany, Argentina, Russia and Mexico.

Other markets that increase their presence in the period are the Netherlands, Colombia, Chile, Switzerland and Peru.

Although the sun and beach tourism still ranks as the most important attraction within the Cuban tourist industry, MINTUR said that it was is working to diversify the cultural and nature tourism products and nautical activities, among others.

This initiative also aims to break the United States economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, which prevents American people to visit the island. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)