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Cuba asks U.S. to lift travel ban for its citizens to visit the island country

Cuba asks U.S. to lift travel ban for its citizens to visit the island country

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Don’t miss the beach in Cuba, as it is almost the best and the least touched in the Caribbean.

The island country is wide open to embrace foreign visitors in recent years, especially those from the neighboring United States.

(Soundbite) Manuel Marrero, Minister of Tourism
“Last year 161,233 Americans visited Cuba, a 73 percent rise over 2014. So far this year, we have already received 94,000 U.S. citizens, a growth of 93 percent over the same period last year.”

At the travel and tourism seminar in Havana on May 4, the minister also encouraged the United States to lift the travel ban for its people coming to Cuba.

Currently, most U.S. tourists set their foot on the island on the excuse of “cultural exchange” rather than sight-seeing.

(Soundbite) Manuel Marrero, Minister of Tourism
“The largest part of foreign visitors in Cuba last year was from Canada, which stood at 1.3 million, followed by Germany, the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina, just to mention the top 10.”

Cuba has over 62,000 hotel rooms available all over the island, known for its beautiful beaches and colonial cities as well as grasping nature sites and a rich history.

The government is still mobilizing various sources to build more accommodation facilities in preparation for an upcoming surge of visitors in the years to come.

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