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28 Dec 2004, 02:32
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS wrote:
HAVANA -- Tourism to Cuba increased 8 percent this year compared to 2003, despite new U.S. restrictions sharply cutting back on how many Americans visit the island, state media reported Monday.
More than 2 million tourists visited the Caribbean island this year, the largest number ever, Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero announced at a weekend event in the eastern province of Holguin.
Last year, about 1.9 million foreigners visited Cuba. Canadians top the list of tourists, followed by Europeans, primarily from Italy, France, Germany and Spain.
Marrero told reporters tourism now represents 41 percent of Cuba's foreign exchange income - a leap from just 4 percent in 1990.
Last week, Economics Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez told Cuba's National Assembly that earnings from tourism increased by 15 percent in 2004 compared to the previous year.
Rodriguez also said Cuba expected up to 2.05 million tourists by year's end, and predicted that as many as 2.3 million people would visit Cuba in 2005.
Few of those now visiting Cuba come from the United States.
By mid-September, visits to the island, primarily by Cuban-Americans, had dropped 25 percent since the United States implemented new travel restrictions June 30 cutting the number of authorized family visits to Cuba from once a year to once every three years.
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