For the sixth year running Cuba has welcomed its one millionth Canadian visitor before the year is out, reaffirming Canada’s undisputed status as the number one source market to Cuba by a considerable margin.
Cuba also welcomed its three millionth visitor internationally this month, another milestone, and 74 days earlier of when Cuba achieved the same feat two years ago. For 2017, the goal is four million visitors.
Everyone knows Cuba’s tourism industry is in expansion mode. What they may not know is that even with the slow-but-sure arrival of the American market (and increasing service standards, and new and better facilities), Canadians “shouldn’t be concerned” about grand-scale changes to one of their favourite destinations, says Eloy Govea, Director of Cuba Tourism Office, Canada.
“Cuba is a country with great pride and character; and will never give up its principles, its traditions, its values and its identity,” says Govea.
Cuba has always been and will always be thankful to its friends, those who gave the country a hand when it needed it the most, he added, noting that the number of Canadians going to Cuba in one month is bigger than the number of Americans going to Cuba in a whole year. With the embargo still in place, Americans are still prohibited by their government to travel freely to Cuba. And “99% of Canadians go to beach destinations, which Americans cannot visit as tourists due to the travel regulations they need to comply with”.
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