Published On: Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015

Tourism on the rise in Cuba in January

AINHAVANA, Cuba -- Though the official figures have not yet been released, there is reportedly a noticeable increase in the flow of international tourists who last month travelled to Cuba, a destination that reached three million visitors for the first time in 2014.

Maria del Carmen Orellana, commercial director of the ministry of tourism, said that the current winter season is going well with significant growth in the arrival of visitors.

Without mentioning any figures, the official said January closed above estimates and she expected the positive trend to continue until April, all through the tourist high season on the island.

"The season is showing encouraging results thanks to our efforts to improve and enhance the quality of services, in order to reverse past mistakes," said Orellana.

She added that beyond Havana and Varadero, main tourist centres in the Caribbean destination, the rest of the country also has seen a remarkable growth in terms of foreign visitors in recent months.

"This is a good time to Cuba, so all involved must do their best towards the development of tourism," she said.

Recently recommended by The New York Times as one of the favourite destinations to visit in 2015, Cuba is today among the most popular places in the Caribbean.

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