Cuba, optimism in recovery of the Canadian issuing market
Juan Carlos García Granda, Cuban Minister of Tourism, expressed his optimism on Tuesday regarding the recovery of the Canadian issuing market towards the destination of the largest of the Antilles, which for more than two decades has occupied the first place with a higher figure than a million visitors each year.
When answering a question of CubaPLUS Magazine during a press conference offered in Havana, García Granda added “I am convinced that the Canadian market will not allow itself to be removed from first place and the fact is that of 4 reservations made in that country, one is for Cuba ”.
For this reason, he continued, we are anticipating the growth of tourism and we must prepare so the activity of the sector exceeds our expectations. Later, he referred to the co-marketing work carried out by Cuban specialists in that country with the main partners in the sector, while he explained that the promotional campaign had already begun.
"We are seeing with great interest and expectation the reaction of that dear people," he said. That is one of the factors, in addition to the increase achieved by the Russian outbound market and the requests from tour operators and European and Caribbean airlines, which will make it possible to reach the expected figure of about 100,000 visitors to the island during the last quarter of this year, said the minister.
During his meeting with the press, García Granda detailed the measures to make the sanitary protocols more flexible since the reopening on November 15, although, he warned, the quarantine foreseen in the pandemic period will be eliminated from day 7 onward.
He reiterated that the performance of the PCR upon arrival in the country, until now mandatory, will be suppressed and an international vaccination certificate will be accepted.
Cuba will recognize all approved vaccines-, and whoever does not have that document will be able to present PCR proof of the country of origin with a maximum validity of 72 hours.
He also reported that children under 12 years of age will be exempt from these requirements. What will be required for all travelers is the mandatory use of the mask in the country, he said. It meant that the 10 international airports of the country are ready for reopening, while the tourist facilities planned to start operations hold Tourism +Hygienic and Safe certificate and all workers in the sector, including guides, hoteliers, transporters and all those who in one way or another are involved in the activity,
They are vaccinated and a booster dose is planned. He later announced that as of October 25, national tourism will also be able to have access to the facilities of the resorts that are in operation, including Varadero, Cayo Santa María, Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo.
He finally pointed out that “the essence of tourism in Cuba has a high component of human quality, of solidarity, of the values that our people have. This is a strength that we always make available to customers who visit us”.