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Cuba is next hot destination for U.S. tourists

Staff Writer |
Demand for Cuba travel is not slowing among American travelers despite the continued U.S. government restrictions limiting approved travel to the island nation via 12 authorized categories.

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According to Cuban officials, the combined total number of visitors from the United States was more than 614,000 in 2016 – a 34% increase over the previous year.

Travel Leaders Group has released recent survey data in which nearly 22% of its leisure travel-focused travel agents stated they've already booked clients for Cuba travel this year and over 59% indicated clients have expressed an interest in travel to Cuba in 2017.

According to the Pew Research Center, "Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75%) approve of the decision last year to re-establish U.S. relations with Cuba, while nearly as many (73%) favor ending the long-standing U.S. trade embargo against Cuba."

Americans can now take advantage of regularly scheduled air service to Cuba for the first time in 50 years and major cruise lines will offer sailings in 2017.

Delta Air Lines opened the first U.S. airline ticket office in Havana last November; American Airlines will operate 10 daily flights to six Cuban cities this year; and United Airlines as well as five other U.S.-based carriers will have regularly scheduled flights to Cuba.

Plus Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line have scheduled sailings to Cuba through November.

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