Havana, Tuesday 12 de November de 2019 01:21 am

Cuba: Tourism vs. Blockade

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Cuba: Tourism vs. BlockadeHAVANA, Cuba, Oct 22 (ACN) For nearly 60 years, successive U.S. administrations have attempted to choke the Cuban people through the longest economic, commercial and financial blockade in human history, which has cost the Caribbean nation millions in losses.

Manuel Marrero Cruz, Minister of Tourism (MINTUR), recently reported that in this sector the damage amounts to some 38.722 billion dollars, with US tourism being the most affected by the restrictions of its own government.
In this regard, the National Statistics and Information Office (ONEI) publishes that in the case of American visitors, in the first half of 2018 more than 67.000 had visited Cuba, but in the same period of 2019, the figure was reduced to about 37.400.
But even though international media almost always describe Cuba as a nation in the shadows, the truth is that every year thousands of people from different parts of the world reach the Caribbean nation to discover reality that is often ignored or untold.
With the approach of the high winter season in Cuban hotel facilities in November, MINTUR has launched the "Authentic Cuba" initiative, with which specialists, tour operators and travel agencies have taken the island's image to regions as different as Poland, Romania, Italy, Colombia and Argentina, among others.
Although Canada continues to be the largest emitter of visitors to the Cuba, the rise of so-called cultural and city tourism, with Havana and other colonial towns as focal points of action and the maintenance of comfort and excellence of sun and beach tourism, is an attraction that opens the way to the interest of hundreds of people.
If this is added to the attraction of Cuban nature for lovers of hiking and outdoor activities, as well as the safety and quietness the country offers to outsiders, the largest island in the Caribbean will continue to position itself among the most sought-after destinations internationally even when the White House tries to block it.

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