Cuba Rakes in Four Million Tourists for Third Year Running
By Caribbean Digital News
Cuba cracked the four-million-tourist plateau for a third year in a row, the island nation’s Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz said during a gathering with travel agents and tour operators in Milan, Italy.
According to Mr. Marrero, Cuba is expected to reel in as many as 750,000 more foreign sunbathers by the end of 2018.
In an effort to turn tourism into the island nation’s top economic and revenue-reaping powerhouse, the country’s number-one sun-and-beach destination –Varadero- and the city of Havana will add 5,000 new guestrooms in coming months.
Some 1,250 more hotel rooms will be in the mix in the course of 2019 with the opening of new properties, including a luxury five-star lodging facility in Cayo Largo del Sur, off Cuba’s south coast.
M. Marrero, who underscored the fact that the island’s Ministry of Tourism supports the expansion of hotel management contracts between Italian groups and national hotel chains, said that Cuba has worked hard on a number of issues in a bid to raise quality and service standards.
As he recently did during his keynote speech in London during the course of the World Travel Market, Mr. Marrero referred to the strategy Cuba has embarked on to achieve a legit digital transformation in each and every travel destination across the island, including the beach areas and the tourist buses.