Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism revises its forecast for 2018 visitor arrivals downwards to 4.75 million.
The Cuban Ministry of Tourism has revised its forecast for the total number of visitor arrivals for 2018 downwards from 5.0 million to 4.75 million as a result of declines in the number of arrivals in the first half of 2018. The revised annual total should still exceed the total for 2017, which was estimated to be 4.7 million visitors.
Between January and June 2018, the volume of total visitor arrivals fell by 5.7% compared to the same six months of 2017 with visitor arrivals from the US (excluding visits by Cuban Americans) falling by 23.6% as a result of changes in the US government’s regulations regarding visits to Cuba.
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Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.