Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cuba tourism continues slide

Cuba tourism continues slide
Travel and Tourism
06 / 19 / 2013

Continuing a slide that began early this year, visitor numbers in April
were 3.9 percent below those of April 2012, mainly due to weakness in
European source markets, and a drop of visitors from the United States.

Close to 274,000 visitors arrived at the island in April, down from
288,000 in 2012, according to statistics released by the Oficina
Nacional de Estadísticas (ONE).

The total for the year through the end of April was 1.222 million, down
1.4 percent.

Visitors from Canada, Cuba's main tourism source market, rose 1.3
percent in April, and visitors from the United Kingdom (+8.1%), Germany
(+11.8%), and Chile (+38.6%) increased considerably. However, the number
of visitors from "other" countries, the second largest category which
includes the United States, was down a hefty 13.4 percent in April. The
number of visitors from France (-6.8%), Spain (-39.5%) and Italy (-7.2%)
continued to decline.

For the period January-April, the number of visitors from Canada and the
UK showed slow growth, at 1 percent each, while German visitors were up
10.4 percent. The number of visitors from "other" countries dropped 5.6
percent, Spain -17.3 percent, Italy -13.1 percent, and France -8.8 percent.

Other tourism indicators are down as well. According to a statistical
report for the first quarter, the number of overnight stays for
Jan.-March was down 1.6 percent; hotel occupancy for the quarter dropped
to 63.7 percent, from 65.7 percent in the same period last year.

In a sign of higher spending and/or rising prices, revenues of tourism
businesses in Cuba during the first quarter stagnated at $655 million.

In the meantime, Cuban tourism authorities are forging ahead with plans
to diversify markets, and moving upscale. The government is building a
marina and connected hotel at Varadero, and officials just gave the
green light for a golf course community in the same beach resort, which
may be followed by a dozen similar projects.

Source: "Cuba tourism continues slide | Cuba News Headlines. Cuban Daily
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