Stats: Interest in Travel to Cuba on the Decline

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Havana celebrates its 500th anniversary this year. // Photo by Getty Images / okaystephanie2016

Americans’ interest in travel to Cuba is on the decline, according to a new survey by Allianz Global Assistance. According to the report, 75.5 percent are not interested in a trip to the country in 2019, up from 74.7 percent in 2018. At the same time, 14.6 percent of Americans, representing approximately 48 million travelers, are still somewhat or very likely to plan a trip to Cuba, Allianz said. 

The findings are from a 10-question survey administered to the U.S. Internet population from March 14, 2019, through March 16, 2019, receiving 1,500 responses. 

Other key findings from the study: despite the fact that this year is the 500th birthday of Havana, 90 percent of Americans are unaware of the anniversary, which will be celebrated in November. The 6.8 percent of respondents who were aware of the anniversary said that it positively impacts their interest in a visit, while 2 percent said it negatively impacts their interest. 

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In terms of travel restrictions, a majority (63.3 percent) of Americans say they do not understand the current travel restrictions to Cuba. The survey also asked Americans about their preferred method of travel to the island, finding that 18.1 percent would expect to arrive by plane and 6.9 percent by cruise ship.

In a written statement Allianz Global Assistance USA Director of Communications Daniel Durazo noted that 34 percent of Americans listed resorts, beaches and cultural attractions as the top reason for their interest in visiting Cuba. 

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