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Cuba already seeing strains from increased tourism

Reuters has reported that “Cuba’s tourism industry is under unprecedented strain and struggling to meet demand with record numbers of visitors arriving a year after detente with the United States renewed interest in the Caribbean island.”

Arrivals to Cuba were up 17% in 2015, with American visits increasing by 77%.

This has caused price creep on taxi rides, restaurant meals, tours, trinkets and local services. Hotels and rental cars can already been difficult to find.

Reuters says “the tourism infrastructure, with just 63,000 hotel rooms nationwide, is still largely a function of the state and has languished under decades of U.S. economic sanctions and underdevelopment.”

Pressure should further increase when scheduled ferries and commercial airline service are due to start later this year.

For the full article, please visit Reuters.

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