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Cuba Tourist Arrivals Hit Record in 2014

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

cuba travelersTourism is Cuba's third largest hard-currency earning pillar, bringing in $2.5 billion last year.

Cuba welcomed a record three million international visitors in 2014, up 5.3 percent from last year.

Cuban authorities no doubt are hoping that newly improved relations with the United States can help add to the industry's bottom line. Earlier this month, the United States announced that it would end decades of estrangement and normalizes relations with Cuba.

US President Barack Obama moved to revive diplomatic ties and ease a trade embargo, ending 50 years of hostility between the former Cold War foes. But at the moment, US travelers face a de facto travel ban unless they are on specially-organized and -licensed cultural exchange tours.

The US Congress would have to remove US travel restrictions first for a real American tourist stampede to the island to take place.

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