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Canadian Tourism to Cuba on the Rise


The number of Canadian visitors in Cuba had a slight increase in January to March quarter, official sources reported today.

The National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONEI) reported that Canadians constitute 48.9 percent of foreign visitors to Cuba, followed by the Germans (3.9 percent) and the British (3.7 percent).

During that quarter, 947,891 visitors came to Cuba, slightly less than in the same period last year (952,885), with a hotel occupancy rate of 63.7 percent from January to March in 2013, compared with 65, 7 percent last year.

However, in terms of income, the ONEI said that this year there was a slight increase compared to the same period last year.

The authorities' strategy to support the industry lies in diversification of tourist offers, above the fundamental sun and beach tourism, involving attractions such as the nature, culture, history, quality of life and recreational boating, among others.

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