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TORONTO — Cuba has reached the 1 million mark from Canada, and the year isn’t even over yet.
The Cuba Tourist Board of Canada made the announcement yesterday, saying the impressive statistic “follows similarly strong results from 2017” and highlights the enduring appeal of Cuba as the top destination for Canadian travellers.
“We are both excited and humbled to have had the opportunity to accommodate so many guests in 2018,” said Eloy Govea, Director of the Cuba Tourist Board. “We look forward to sharing the unique spirit of Cuba with more of our Canadian friends in 2019. Cuba continues to be an exciting, dynamic destination rich in culture, cuisine, and – of course – beautiful beaches.”
Govea says the strong results come from a dedicated effort by the country’s tourism industry to invest in properties and accommodations ahead of Havana’s 500th anniversary.
Havana is set to add seven new hotels by the end of 2019. The completion of properties like the Prado y Malecón and Gran Hotel will further expand Havana’s already robust capacity, says Govea, currently at 12,000+ rooms.
Investment into the city’s tourism properties will be matched with a commitment to restoration projects for over 600 buildings and complexes in Havana’s historical district. At the same time, Cuba will continue to expand its progressive roll out of WiFi service, with coverage for every hotel on the island on target for the end of 2019.
Investment in Cuba’s tourism industry hit $1.035 billion in 2018, a year-over-year increase of 3.5%.