From our tourist desk
In fact, tourist numbers have dropped substantially over the past couple of years but until now, the regime has blamed the drop in visitors on the US commercial and trade embargo. As usual.
However, according to this Reuters report, the Minister for Tourism, Manuel Marrero, has now admitted that there are indeed other reasons.
Like prohibitive landing fees for foreign aircraft (now reduced by 20 per cent), lack of investment in infrastructure (really?), and growing competition from neighbouring tourist destinations.
As one unnamed foreign operator remarked, package and hotel rates are up to 20 per cent cheaper in the neighbouring Dominican Republic.
And while Cuban rates are similar to those in Cancun, the service and facilities there are “far superior”.
One other issue the regime is only now addressing – and only on the quiet: airport theft.
With little public fanfare, the national carrier, Cubana, has started plastic wrapping all luggage.