Cuba, Up to June 22, a total of 74,153 tourists from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru and Paraguay had visited this Caribbean island, which represents an increase of almost 19 percent over the same period in 2010, when the destination received 60,100 South American visitors, according to official sources.
In statements to Prensa Latina, the director of the Office of Information and Tourist Promotion of Cuba for the Southern Cone, Luis Aguilera, who announced these figures, especially highlighted the encouraging behavior shown by the markets of Chile and Uruguay during the first half of 2011, with increases of 42.39 and 58.59 percent respectively over the same period last year.
“In the case of Chile, it grew from about 9,500 visitors in the first six months of 2010 to 13, 500 up to last June, 22” said the director.
Then he explained that Uruguay has grown from 2, 741 to 4, 347 tourists sent to Cuba. Brazil rose from 6, 670 to 7, 069; and Paraguay from 198 to 284, for a comparative increase of 43.43 percent.
“Peru is recovering but it has not reached last yearâ�Ös levels. In the first six months it sent 7,002 travelers, when in the same period the previous year the figure was 7,329 “, said Aguilera.
Regarding Argentina, the director of the Office of Information and Tourist Promotion of Cuba for the Southern Cone stressed that it grows steadily and strong. “In the reference period 41, 873 Argentinians visited the Island, 24.53 percent more than last year and 37.24 over the amount in 2009,” he said.
In fact, Argentina, Guest of Honor in the International Cuba Tourism Fair 2012, now figures among the eight main markets for Cuba, which already surpassed the 1, 400, 000 visitors this year.