|World Tourism Organization Highlights Cuban Tourist Development
2012.09.13 - 11:48:51 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandals Royal Hotel, Hicacos. Varadero
The general secretary of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifari stressed in Quito, Ecuador, the ongoing development of the Cuban tourist sector, despite the impact by the over-50 US economic blockade on this economic area.
Rifari said that a larger number of vacationers would come to the island if the US seige were not there.
In statements to PL news agency, the UNWTO executive underscored the combination of tourism and local culture in Cuba, as a factor distinguishing the island as a destination in the regional market.
Rifari is attending three international forums in Quito, in which Cuban deputy Tourism minister Xiomara Martinez is also participating as a delegate to the 54th UNWTO Regional Commission for The Americas.
Martinez said that Cuba expects to receive 2.9 million tourists this year, particularly from Canada, which is the main source of vacationers for the island. She explained that the Cuban tourist product is currently diversifying beyond what is known as sun and beach tourism, based on modalities such as incentive, events and nature tourism and as a multidestination in the region.
Some of the strengths of Cuban tourism include natural and historic values, the skillful human resources, air connections through 45 airline companies operating in a dozen airports, plus the implementation of environment-friendly strategies, the deputy minister said.
At present, the Cuban tourist sector counts on some 58 000 hotel rooms, which will soon be joined by another 10 000 included in the 2013-2016 development program, said Martinez.