Interestingly, the cause for the drop in tourism from these countries isnt Cuba’s recent dengue epidemic or the apartheid system or the dismal human rights record of the government or its political prisoners. No. It’s because it was beginning to get a bit pricy:
Industry sources said earlier this year that partly because of changes to exchange rates, Cuba was becoming increasingly costly and less profitable for foreign tour operators, some of whom were switching to other Caribbean countries.
The Canadian Association of Tour Operators complained this year to the Cuban Ministry of Tourism about the lack of adequate service for tourists, theft at airports and hotels, and jet fuel costing 33 percent more than elsewhere.