Tourism to Cuba collapses after the restrictions imposed by the US

Fresh produce market in Havana

The arrival of tourists to Cuba fell in July by 23.6% year-on-year, according to official statistics published and evidencing the blow suffered by a key sector for the island due to travel restrictions imposed by the United States Government.

Statistics Office data had already shown a 20% drop in tourist arrivals in June, after Washington banned cruises to Cuba that same month and made it difficult for US citizens to obtain a waiver of the ban Travel.

The Cuban government revised down its estimate last month for visitors for all of 2019, so that it reduced the forecast from 5 to 4.3 million. If confirmed, it would mean a fall of 8.5% compared to the 4.7 million tourists registered at the end of 2018.