Cuba Sees Drop in Tourists as Trump Sanctions Take Hold   

Cuba’s tourism minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz.  File photo: excelenciasdecuba.com

HAVANA TIMES – Cuba saw a 23.6 per cent drop in tourists in July compared to the same month in 2018 amid renewed sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump, new data shows, informed dpa news.

An estimated 90,000 fewer international tourists visited the island this July compared to a year earlier.

By the end of the year Cuba is expecting an overall 10-per-cent drop in tourists compared to 2018, Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero told the National Assembly last month.

Trump, who has been rolling back a US-Cuba detente introduced under the Obama administration, in June banned all US cruise ships from docking at the island nation, previously a popular way for Americans to visit.

Tourism had been one of the engines of the Cuban economy, especially following a drop in revenue from highly favorable trade with Venezuela, which is undergoing its own economic crisis.


32 thoughts on “Cuba Sees Drop in Tourists as Trump Sanctions Take Hold   

  • August 31, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    Friendly … or just want your dollars? Your pound is good…. so your lucky …..

  • August 31, 2019 at 11:33 pm
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    Until that happens…. grow a pair and slowdown your travels there….. unless you like burning money and getting very little back.,,….

  • August 31, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    Listen man how can you go to a country that doesn’t respect our Canadian currency. You lose almost 24- 30% off the top when doing any exchange with very little to get back in respects to quality of anything there really.
    We have been supporting their economy for decades and as soon as the US introduces some measures for tourism there they hit us with and unfair rate of exchange. If you stay in the hotels well fine…. drink the crappy rum and beers and good luck with the food,

    If you wan to actually enjoy the Cuban culture and venture into the towns or countryside good luck as you will be mostly broke everyday because of the exhausting rate of exchange.

    Been going there 10 years and the place is getting worse everytime little improvement for the people everythnig goes to the gov’t. No payback in the way of quality to me the Canadian thats been supporting their economy……

    Read this and maybe it will provide some more insight.

    https://havanatimes.org/features/cubas-economy-heading-towards-the-perfect-storm/

    As for me I don’t have much more energy and money to lose and put into a place that is giving very little back now.

  • August 30, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    Jean…. so how rude of you to speak for the Canadian People! Yes, it’s ok to have an opinion… but to blatantly make such statements is a bit racist in itself…. by now you have possibly figured out that I am AMERICAN and proud to be! My mother was Canadian and Italian! Back in her day, she was looked down upon do to her being Italian… so why do comments such as yours need to be part of today’s WORLD? Just like I’m sure there are plenty of Canadians that would disagree with your banter, the same for Americans…. who disagrees with the current administration. Oh, and by the way I was part of the percentage of Americans who traveled to Cuba in December of 2018

  • August 28, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    OK Dami, I knew it was not addressed to me!

  • August 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    My comment was for ‘jean’ but somehow it came up under another Canadian. Weird system?

  • August 28, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    Hey Canadian,

    To say what you said is not only idiotic but utterly bigoted. To judge an entire nation and say, ‘you love the fact there is almost no U.S.A. citizen going there’. Is not only bizarre but prejudiced and stupid. I get the fear of having American culture from taking over Cuban culture, I have it too because it’s a reality that sometimes alters world cultures, but that’s American corporations, businesses, not ordinary individuals.
    Seriously??? You can’t actually be Canadian, like from Canada can you? The reputation of Canadians is much nicer than that.
    Remember there are 330 million people here, including a @#ton of immigrants from around the world, and in fact most people here came from somewhere else SO that really reflects on the world, not only our culture. It’s impossible for anyone to judge all of US as one thing or another. It’s more a sign of your short comings than ours.
    There are many good Americans but you wouldn’t know that would you?
    Shame on you.

  • August 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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    Stay in Canada and Cuba. Not welcome in the USA. MAGA!

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