All of 2,000,000 tourists to Cuba in a record time

HAVANA – Havana is hot. With Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro making global headlines for restarting diplomatic relations between their countries after five decades, 2015 is shaping up to be a record year for the Cuban tourism industry.

Two million tourists have visited Cuba from January 1 to July 10, according to a press release by the local Ministry of Tourism. The two million mark was reached in 39 days fewer than in 2014, a spike in arrivals in the present year that translates in 16 percent growth, thanks to the encouraging performance of source markets such as Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, US and Argentina According to the note, the results show that Cuba, as a travel destination, has garnered international recognition as a safe, peaceful and healthy country to visit.

While Germans, Venezuelans and Peruvians are all pushing numbers higher, Canada supplied the most visitors with 779,576 so far this year, up 14 percent from 2014. But are they really Canadians?

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