Nov 27, -- As the Winter season begins, tourism in Cuba takes a quantum leap with increasing numbers of arrivals of vacationers who come seeking the sun and warm hospitality.
From November through March, visitors to major resorts on the island enjoy the warm hospitality of the Cuban people.
Alexis Trujillo the First deputy minister of tourism said that the high tourist season is expected to increase tourism this year, and reverse the slight fall of last year.
The arrival earlier this month in Santiago de Cuba of Canada´s Sunwing tour operator kicked off the season on the island. It was followed by flights from Denmark, Poland and other European countries, traditional sources of tourists to Cuba.
The Tourism Ministry counts on filling over 3 thousand hotel rooms throughout the island with emphasis in the keys off the north-central Cuban coast.
Three Italian clubs will be opened and managed by the Alpitur and Eden Viaggi companies, in Varadero, Santa Maria tourist resorts and also on Cayo Largo Key. Other new projects include the reopening of the Capri Hotel in Havana, after it was closed for renovations capital repairs for a number of years.
Meanwhile, the arrival of cruise ships are expected to increase with the upcoming visit here of ships like Canada´s Cuba Cruise with capacity for 1 200 passengers, Germany´s Star Clipper with 1 700 and Britain´s Tomson Dreams, which docked in Havana a few years ago.
The Cuban tourism sector aims at meeting the most demanding tastes of visitors by implementing a strategy that combines nature tours with local culture, traditions and a variety of nautical sports.
From January to September, more than two million 140 thousand tourists chose Cuba as their holiday destination, slightly 1.2 percent below the figure reported in 2012, while the revenues generated were calculated at 1.4 billion dollars, according to the National Statistics Office.