Cuba counts on its tourism to get its economy on track in 2021

Published on 2021-01-08 by Norlan Echevarria

By Luz Marina Fornieles Sánchez

ACN Special for Infotur

It is always difficult to go over everything done in a year, even more so if we take 12 months like those of 2020 when there was a communion of disastrous events: COVID-19 broke out, the blockade intensified to levels never seen before and climatic phenomena also did damage.

Such was then the environment in which the social, political and economic life of the country developed, whose main boosting sector - tourism - multiplied by zero, losing its condition as one of the main hard currency sources that needs to stay tuned every day to contribute to the internal financial urgencies.

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The local leisure industry will continue to be among the priorities for 2021, its capacity to push as a sector is maintained among the turns called to reactivate the national economy, in the post-pandemic era and already entering a new normality, with strict biosecurity protocols to prevent more positive cases, more contacts and the always unwanted deaths.

For this sector, as for all the rest in the Island and the planet, the year about to bid its farewell blew it a hard strike due to its paralysis for almost long eight months until it has just started its rebirth with the arrival of international flights again. The stage of forced recess - like a fertile truce - allowed the realization of maintenance and improvements, the training of the personnel and the creation of the conditions for the unrestricted respect of the hygienic-sanitary protocols of biosecurity.

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During the recent session of Parliament, Alejandro Gil Fernández, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Planning, announced that for the coming year, a 19% growth in foreign exchange earnings from exports of goods and services is planned. He added that this is influenced by the increase in telecommunications services and the gradual recovery of tourism, which aspires to receive 2,200,000 vacationers, a figure that doubles the results of 2020.

For a healthier and better-quality tourism, the Minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos García Granda, pronounced in a television presentation, who in turn ratified that it is about continuing to work for a tourism of peace, health, healthy recreation, culture and rest. (ACN)

 

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