Tourist and Yo-Yo update: Cuban apartheid hotels hosted 259,898 visitors in January

From our Bureau of Morally Deranged Travelers with some assistance from our Bureau of Slight Increases in the Income of Professional Mammies

Canadians took the gold medal in the Morally Deranged Olympics again last month, as they have for way too many years, scoring 127,172 contributors to the coffers of Castro, Inc. Russians won silver, at 22,272. And, Cuban Yo-Yos walked away with the bronze at 21,910, Yeah, those Canadians, dude . . . such champs in moral turpitude and witlessness. But how about those Cuban Yo-Yos? Ay, mammies! Sagrada Mierda del Burro de Balaam! . . .so close to silver, neck-and-neck with the Russkies! If only another 363 Yo-Yos had gone back to visit, they could have beaten their new colonial masters!

Russians have only recently joined the competition in Kuba, so their silver medal is somewhat impressive. Given how many complaints about accommodations and amenities have been aired by them, however, it remains to be seen if they can stay in second place. Right now there seems to be zero chance that they will beat the Canadians next month. And, again, how about those lovely Cuban Yo-Yos, huh?. Wow! When it comes to numbers, they have little hope of ever beating the visitors from the Great White North, but, dude . . . when it comes moral turpitude, them Yo-Yos are invincible. No one on earth could ever beat them.

Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba

Cuba received 259,898 tourists in January, a figure that marks an increase of 104% compared to the same period in 2023, but is 47% below the figure for 2019, the year before the pandemic, the EFE agency reported.

As reported this Friday by the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI), the figure represents a timid recovery in international tourism, in one of the months that falls within the high season in Cuba. However, if this trend continues (250,000 tourists per month), 2024 would accumulate three million visitors and the goal set by the Government, which hopes to exceed that figure, would not be met.

Among the visitors in January, 127,172 from Canada, the main issuing country, stood out, followed by Russia (22,272), and the Cuban community abroad (21,910), with a year-on-year increase of 98.2%, 216.8% and 88 .2%, respectively.

The Cuban Government has set the goal of receiving 3.2 million tourists this year to recover the levels of a sector considered key in the economy, affected by one of the most serious crises in recent decades.

The strategy of the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) to meet this objective is to promote the growth of air connections, but the situation of the Island contrasts with similar destinations in the Caribbean region. Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Cancún (Mexico), for example, are recording historic highs in visitors after the pandemic.

Cuba received 2.4 million international visitors in 2023, a figure that meant a growth of more than 800,000 visitors compared to 2022 (1.6 million), but the official goals were not reached. The head of MINTUR, Juan Carlos García Granda, considered in a recent appearance that this result was insufficient for the sector to be “the locomotive that propels the economy.”

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