Communist Cuba looks to improve their declining tourism in the Caribbean with new measures that border on the laughable. The will work on new investments, repair hotels, reduce landing fees and here’s a good one … reduce theft by plastic wrapping luggage. I guess they could bring back hijacking planes to Cuba like in the 70′s to force people to land on Cuba and take in the sight? (That would be a joke)
Visitors fell to 2.2 million last year from 2.3 million in 2005. It was the first drop since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States hurt the travel industry worldwide in 2002.
The number of tourists dropped 7% in January and 13% in February compared with the same period in 2006, the Tourism Ministry reported, before ending publication of monthly figures for the first time in years. (TVNZ)
What is up with these Caribbean locals that use every excuse in the world for their declining tourism other than the obvious? Is there something in the water that prevents the truth from being told?
Minister Marrero blamed the “complicated international scene” for his sector’s woes, Granma said, in particular “high oil prices, wars, terrorism and climate change.”
(Fidel Castro asks Venezuela President Hugo Chavez for Tourism advice)
Did the Cuban Minister just blame global warming for the tourism decline? The fact of the matter is Cuba is a communist country where I would dare say that if allowed, more Cubans would leave in a mass exodus than tourists would enter. Cuba was once the peril of the Caribbean for American tourists because of its close proximity to the US. However, that little “embargo” thing that exists today makes Cuba quite a different story along with its political climate.
Cuba, do you really want to increase your tourism? Throw Castro and the communists out of power and watch your tourism increase 1000%.