Cuba is expecting 2.2 million tourist footfall in 2021

Cuba is expecting 2.2 million tourist footfall in 2021

Cuba or the Republic of Cuba is expecting to receive 2.2 million tourists in 2021. The gorgeous country consists of the island of Cuba, Isla de la Juventud and a number of minor archipelagos. The statement was made by the country’s Minister of Economy and Planning Alejandro Gil.

Gil said, “The tourism industry is fundamental for the island’s economic recovery.” The minister further said that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the number of tourists in the country during the first months of the year was not as expected or planned.

He said that “the US embargo against Cuba continues to be the main obstacle for the development of the Caribbean nation”. Cuba’s economy is largely dependent on the tourism industry which accounts for more than 10 percent per year.

Last year in 2020, the country recorded only about 1.1 million tourists footfall which is more than 4 million down as compared to previous years.

Havana, Varadero, Trinidad and Vinales are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Cuba. Havana, the capital of Cuba, is Spanish colonial architecture, the iconic landmark being here the National Capitol Building from the 1920s. Old Havana (Habana Vieja), The Malecón, Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro and National Museum of Fine Arts are a must see in the city.

Meanwhile, since the beginning of the pandemic, Cuba has reported nearly 1.29 lakh COVID-19 positive cases and 840 deaths.

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