Cuba receives first 2 million foreign visitors in 2014

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image.adapt.960.highHAVANA, August .20 — The number of foreigners visiting Cuba since the beginning of 2014 reached 2 million on Tuesday, and the island nation aims to receive 3 million tourists before the end of the year, said a release from the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur).

Mintur’s tally was based on registered arrivals of tourists from Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain and reflects Cuba’s strong position in international tourism, the release said.

Mintur added that Cuba’s unique offers, its wide cultural and patrimonial legacies as well as safe services are some of the main reasons why tourists choose to visit the Carribean country.

Mintur also said that the country has intensified commercial and publicity campaigns to attract tourists so as to reach the goal of receiving 3 million tourists a year.

In 2013, Cuba received 2,852,572 foreign arrivals, up 0.5 percent year on year, earning over 1.8 billion U.S. dollars.

On Tuesday, Cuba National Bureau of Statistics said the country earned some 1.77 billion dollars from international tourism in the first half of 2014, up 4 percent year on year.

Tourism is Cuba’s second main source of hard currency, earning the country over 2.6 billion dollars every year.

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