Growing number of Americans heading to Cuba
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Despite being less than 100 miles away from the Florida coast, American tourism in Cuba has been restricted during much of the last half-century. That trend seems to be changing, as a new report found that there has been a considerable upswing in the number of Americans heading to the island nation. The data, released by the Cuban government, revealed that more than 98,000 Americans visited Cuba in 2012, which was up from approximately 73,500 the previous year.
In the 1950s, Cuba was a favorite vacation spot among many travelers from the U.S., but the government enacted restrictions due to the rise of Fidel Castro, according to Reuters. Those rules have loosened in recent years, starting in the 1990s and most recently in 2011. Still, there are some limits in place, and most trips to Cuba are done for meaningful interaction between the two countries rather than for sightseeing.
While residents of the U.S. still have to contend with certain restrictions concerning whether they can stay in serviced apartments in Cuba, the same cannot be said for Canada. According to Reuters, approximately 1.07 million Canadians visited Cuba in 2012.