Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January
BY BETH J. HARPAZ
AP Travel Editor
The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36
percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including
thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in
order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.
The dramatic rise was seen in the number of Americans with no family
ties to Cuba who visited between Jan. 1 and May 9 of this year compared
to the same period in 2014, according to statistics provided to The
Associated Press by a University of Havana professor.
In addition to the boom in American visitors, Cuba has seen a 14 percent
jump in arrivals from around the world between January and early May
compared to the same period last year.