Scholar Says Cruiser Trips to Cuba Successful

Havana, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Researcher and professor of Tourism in Havana University, Jose Luis Perello, described today as successful cruiser travel to this Caribbean nation.

In an interview witjh the scholar, published by digital newsletter Caribbean News Digital (CND), Perello said that after a September characterized by the damages of hurricane Irma and other woes, this vacation modality revived.

He mentioned that October ended favorably with a growth rate of 4.3 percent compared to the same month of 2016.

He said other negative factors like the alleged sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats in the Cuban capital, without evidence on the part of Washington authorities, as well as the new measures to hinder travel to Cuba, with additional migratory restrictions to travel to the island.

However, the total of international arrivals at the close of October, was of three million 935 thousand visitors, represents a growth 21.3 percent higher than in 2016.

The data was topped by the 3.3 million tourists stay and 477 thousand on board cruiser ships. These results allow to forecast the arrival of a little over 4.7 million tourists by the end of this year, insisted the expert.

For the present high season, the tourist sector offers all products and modalities, with 68 thousand romos imn 382 hotels, 88 under administration contracts witjh 20 international hotel chain groups.

Canadian tourism continues as main emitter market with 965 thousand tourists until the closing of October, despite currency devaluation and rise in prices of tourism packages.

He said the travel industry of the United States keep relying on Cuba, despite the mentioned restrictions. The U.S. follows Canada with 163.4 growth and 544 thousand vacationers until October, most of them in cruiser ships.

Other markets showing increases were Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Russia and China.

About cruiser travel, Perello explained the Caribbean is the zone most attractive to this tourism modality, with 40 percent of participation.

Havana has already received this year the arrival of 28 ships, with over 270 stops at port, according to the report of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, Inc, based in New York

The document says the three biggest U.S. cruiser companies including Cuba in its routes, will have revenues of 623 million dollars from 2017 to 2019.

Companies Norwegian Cruises Lines (NCL), Carnival and Royal Caribbean, will transport 455 thousand passengers.

The report says in 2016, when these trips were reestablished from the U.S. to Cuba, gross revenues of these companies summed a total of 28.8 billion dollars for the trips of their 144 ships.

For Cuba the trips of those cruiser lines will represent profits for 64 million dollars in cruiser passenger expenses and 19 million dollars for port tariffs.

President of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, John S. Kavulich, informed the gross income of the 52 U.S. companies traveling to Cuba since 2014 sum one trillion dollars.

The executive highlights that those figures are outstanding for companies of his country, revenues that regulations and restrictions of Donald Trump’s government pretend to erase.

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