Cuba will be a prominent tourist site throughout the world this year. This Caribbean country expects more than 5M tourists in 2019. The island has the second best beach in the world according to TripAdvisor. Also, they will organize the International Tourism Fair of Cuba (FitCuba 2019) in May.
Cuban authorities are putting pressure on real estate agents to accelerate new hotel buildings in the capital, Havana. A record number of foreign tourists will arrive this year.
Cuban Minister of Tourism Manuel Marrero told reporters that more than 5M foreigners will visit the island.
Tourism revenues in Cuba
Tourism revenues are also estimated at more than the $3 billion this year. The Caribbean island received 4.78M visitors last year.
Europeans make up the majority of foreign tourists, but analysts say more Americans will visit the island if the US Congress eliminates all restrictions imposed on traveling.
Cuba is improving its tourism infrastructure and preparing to host FitCuba 2019, scheduled for May.
Up to 36 new hotels are under construction throughout the country. They will add 18K rooms to the existing 65K.
Many hotels are being developed in Havana. Hotel Iberostar Grand Packard has already opened. Another similar hotel is scheduled to open at the end of this year.
Tourism activities slowed down for a brief period in 2017 when Hurricane Irma left chaos in the streets.
A tropical climate, sunny beaches, colonial architecture, and a special history make Cuba an attractive destination for tourists.
Traveling by plane to Cuba is still preferred, but more people are visiting on cruise ships.