Ottawa, October 16, 2017- Last Friday, Cuban Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero, concluded a four-day visit to Canada, which included a tour to Montreal and Toronto. The purpose of the visit was to stress that Cuba has rebounded from the ravages of hurricane Irma and that it is ready to welcome tourists, a message he has sent out to travel agencies, tour operators and the general public.
In meetings with tourism industry representatives, presentations and media interviews, Cuba’s minister highlighted that during the coming high season all tourist hubs in Cuba will open to welcome Canadian vacationers who will find renewed facilities in better conditions than before Hurricane Irma hit the island last September.
Travel and other news agencies in Canada which the Minister gave interviews to have widely published his message. As a result of this visit and with the aim of getting first-hand information on the progress made in the recovery, Transat and the Cuban Ministry of Tourism have arranged that a group of journalists travel to Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa María and Varadero —three of the major vacation spots for Canadians. Later in October, other news and travel agencies, airline executives and tour operators will be visiting Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Santa María to assure a successful restart of operations on November 1.
Canada is Cuba´s major tourist emitting country with over one million Canadians visiting Cuba every year. About 944,000 Canadians have travelled to the Island to date and Cuban authorities expect to hit the one-million mark.
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