HAVANA, CUBA.- Thousands of people were able to admire some of the services and products offered by the Cuban tourist industry exhibited in the island’s stand at the Holiday World Show recently held in Dublin, the Irish capital, and which is the major exhibition for the tourism industry in the Republic of Ireland.
Participants in the fair, which took place on January 23-25 with the attendance of nearly 2000 travel professionals and 700 exhibitors, agreed that Cuba is one of the main tourist destinations in the Caribbean area due to its natural, cultural and historic richness, and the traditional hospitality of the Cuban people.
The Cuban delegation to the event was headed by Director of Cuba’s Tourism Bureau for the United Kingdom and Ireland, and also included travel agents that promote the island’s tourist products in the Irish market, which is currently experiencing a boom.
According to the National Office of Statistics, Cuba closed 2009 with a historic record of foreign visitors and a 3.5% increase of tourists’ arrivals compared to 2008, when the previous record was set. A total of 2,429,809 tourists visited the Caribbean nation in 2009 when Canada consolidated its position as the island’s main tourist market, followed by England, Spain, Italy and Germany