Friday, November 14, 2008

Cuba passes the two million visitors mark for 2008 this Friday

Granma International

Today, November 14 and for the fifth year in succession, Cuba is set to pass the two million mark with respect to foreign visitors, according to the Ministry of Tourism, in a statement which highlights the fact that on this occasion, that significant figure has been reached at a much earlier date than in previous years.

That figures places Cuba as the top destination in the Caribbean and reaffirms acknowledgement on the part of those who visit the island of the friendliness and delights of Cuba and its people, as well as the culture, history, health care, nature, security, hospitality and warmth.

This figure has even greater significance in a year in which the country has been hit by three intense hurricanes which severely tested Cuba’s organizational ability and its response in the face of such situations to guarantee the safety of all its citizens and visitors. In a short period of time, the country managed to reopen all the tourist resorts that had been affected.

Tourism in Cuba this year has seen an accumulated growth of 10.7% compared with the same period last year, adds the Ministry statement.

The arrival of two million visitors to the island also coincides with the start of the 2008-2009 winter season, and Cuba is making more rooms available, with greater levels of comfort, guaranteed supplies and the same friendly treatment as always.

Destination Cuba maintains the challenge of continuing to improve quality standards, to prioritize diversification of the tourist product, continue working on culture-tourism integration, and to demonstrate to the world the potential of a destination that also combines nature, cities noted for their heritage, cultural and historical values and a population that is always hospitable.

The Ministry of Tourism expresses its confidence that Cuba will have received more than 2.34 million visitors by the end of 2008. (Lilliam Riera)

Translated by Granma International

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