Despite the problems caused by meteorological events such as hurricanes, Cuban authorities reiterate today that their tourist facilities are ready to start the high season (November-April) in the island.
Spokespersons from different territories affirm this statement, even in the most affected places by the passage of Hurricane Irma, as the north coast of the center of Cuba.
The Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero, in recent television broadcasts, believes that there will be no problem to receive travelers from around the world in the aforementioned period.
Data disseminated since the 37th International Tourism Fair of Cuba (May 2017) corroborate the inescapable step of the travel industry on the island that hopes to close this year with the record of 4.7 million foreign visitors.
Timely, Marrero said that the island currently has 67,000 hotel rooms, of which 7,000 were repaired the previous year and 2,000 recovered.
In addition to the state establishments for tourism, there are 2,000 private restaurants, called here Paladares, and more than 21,000 rooms in the family accommodation.
Canada remains the leading market for travelers to Cuba with 34 percent of total arrivals. Also during the first quarter of the year, Canada and the United States accounted for 45 percent of the total of landings.
It is followed by Europe with 33 percent of arrivals and Latin America with 16 percent. The United States contributes to 18 percent growth in foreign visitors, despite the fact that they can only travel through 12 categories, and in none of them as a tourist.
This possibility had an additional barrier on the part of the US president, Donald Trump, but despite new obstacles, the trips of Americans to the island continue.
In 2016, more than 4,000,000 travelers arrived in Cuba for the first time, for a nine percent over-compliance, and a 14.5 percent increase.
68 airlines fly to Cuba connecting with 70 cities of the world, and in the case of cruise ships 25 operate, to which eight will soon be added, with 265 stopovers and more than 170,000 passengers.
This growing spiral has much to do with the sector's global rise, according to Alejandro Varela, deputy director for the Americas of the World Tourism Organization (WTO).
This executive acknowledged during FITCuba the particular impulse of the Dominican Republic and Cuba to Caribbean tourism.
He said that tourism constitutes 10 percent of the world's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) when one of every 11 jobs corresponds to the sector.