Cuba Travel Projected to Grow in 2017

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Despite the continued U.S. government restrictions limiting approved travel to the island nation, Cuba continues to see an increase in travel from the United States. The combined total number of visitors from the United States was more than 614,000 in 2016 – a 34% increase from the previous year.

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

“While there is some uncertainty about the views of the current U.S. administration on the future of Cuba relations, the momentum of public opinion among the American traveling public for unfettered access to Cuba continues,” said Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko. “Our travel agent experts are continuing to assist clients who have a desire to visit Cuba this year while observing the existing law,” Chacko stated. 

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. Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line have also schedule sailings to Cuba through November.