Havana, Wednesday 19 de September de 2018 12:33 pm

Arrivals of tourists to Cuba grew 17 pct till July, says Minister

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Arrivals of tourists to Cuba grew 17 pct till July, says MinisterHAVANA, Cuba, Sep 9 (acn) Cuban Minister of Tourism Manuel Marrero said amount of visitors has grown 17 percent so far this year, thanks to the favorable performance of the main source markets.

The list of countries bringing more tourists to Cuba is topped by Canada, England, Spain, Mexico, France and Italy, reflecting the efforts of the nation to improve the offer in the most important centers of this Caribbean destination.

Recent report by the National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONEI by its Spanish acronym) indicates that 2 194 134 people arrived to the archipelago in the first half of 2015, representing an increase of 17 percent compared to last year.

Raising the quality, in general, is every day challenge for workers in the sector, and to that end they work intensely to achieve better services in the country, said Marrero.

After inaugurating the new headquarters, which will host the Faculty of Tourism, the Minister told reporters that due to the growing demand for training in Havana, a development strategy, which includes the construction of several hotels and maintenance of others, is being implemented.

Although we are in a good moment, he said, it is not enough.

"We know there are many things to do, but we are going in the right direction, gradually giving response to the demand," he added.

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