Havana.- Cuban Ministry of Tourism said the number of foreign tourists visiting the Island is expected to reach nearly 2.9 million in 2012 and 3 million in 2013.
Minister of Tourism Manuel Marrero has said recently the island country has received 2.85 million foreign tourists from January to mid-December, up 4.9 percent from the same period last year.
The ministry has predicted the foreign tourist arrivals will be close to a record of 2.9 million by the end of the year, a target set by the country. Canada remains as the main source of tourists worldwide while Britain is the leading European source of tourists.
Cuba is capable of receiving over 3 million tourists with the combination of state and private tourist industry, he stressed.
“Today we have a new vision of non-state tourism, since we don’t see it as a competitor, but complement to state tourism,” the minister said.