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American tourists arriving in Cuba in greater numbers

Appeased diplomatic relations between the United States and and Fidel Castro's island have been a boon for tourism, thanks to increased American arrivals.

Renewed dialogue between Washington and Havana had a strong affect on tourism activity on the island. It enabled a significant increase in arrivals from the United States, according the economist José Luis Perello Cabrera, of the Centre for the Improvement of Higher Education (CEPES) of the University of Havana, carried out in the early months of 2015.

After the président of the United States, Barack Obama, announced renewed diplomatic relations with Cuba at the end of décember after 52 years of  embargo, the number o American visitors to the Island between January 1 and May 9, 2015 has increased by 36%. 51,458 Americans traveled to the country during that period versus 37,459 during the same period in 2014. Overall, 38,476 took direct flights from the United States, while that figure was only 29,213 last year, the others transited through other destinations such as Mexico, the Bahamas, Jamaica and even the Cayman Islands.

At this rate, the Caribbean could quickly surpass the figure of  3 million visitors who came to visit last year. The hoteliers are doing all they can to welcome them and increase the Island's capacity.

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