Cuban Tourism Minister, Manuel Marrero, presented the latest
developments of the leisure industry of the island in Beijing before representatives of travel agencies, tour operators and journalists.
Marrero said that in 2009, there was a drop in tourism in many countries, however, the number of visitors received in Cuba grew by 3.5 percent with up to 2.4 million of incoming travelers, Prensa Latina reported.
The Cuban tourism official said Cuba is connected with 39 important cities in various continents, while 76 airlines fly to the 10 international airports that operate that destination.
In reference to the Chinese market, he said that the flow of Chinese vacationers traveling to Cuba has significantly increased from 670, in 1994 to more than 12,000 last year, which shows the growing strengthening of relations between the two countries.
During the visit of the Cuban ministry to China, the Gran Meliá Shanghai hotel will be inaugurated as a Cuban-Chinese led project that seeks to further promote the Cuban culture in the Asian country.
Marrero will meet with his Chinese counterpart Shao Qiwei and later he will travel to Shanghai where he will hold talks with local businessmen and visit production centers linked to the Cuban tourism industry.