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Sun shines on Cuba's tourism industry, as relations with US warm up


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Sun shines on Cuba's tourism industry, as relations with US warm up

Improving relations between Cuba and the United States have sparked a sharp rise in tourism to the Communist island.

More than 2 million people have taken a trip there so far this year.

Some 1.7 million people visited between January and May, which was a 15 percent increase on the same period last year.

The vast majority of visitors are people arriving from Canada – although many of the passengers from there are actually Americans keen to visit Cuba before the major changes set to come.

US citizens are allowed to enter Cuba on officially-sanctioned visits, but tourism remains officially off limits due to the economic embargo.

American visitors, therefore, often enter via countries with connecting flights, including Panama, Mexico and, of course, Canada.

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