There used to be a law in effect that Cuban-American we’re only allowed to enter Cuba by air and not by sea, but this law has now been lifted. The Carnival Cruise Corporation is the first U.S. company to take cruises between the two countries in over 50 years.
Now coming and going from the country via boat for Cuban-Americans will be allowed by April 26, so the May cruise dates should be safe sailing from the U.S. to Havana. A statement by the Cuban government said that the change was made with “the intent of promoting mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation.”
Cuba is also planning to add 100,000 new hotel rooms to the country by the year 2030 to make room for all of the people who can now visit. The demand for tourism is going up quickly and will only continue to rise, so naturally the amount of accommodations available must rise as well.
This plan to add new accommodations is part of the National Plan for Economic and Social Development. It is currently up for debate as a part of the project but is expected to pass since they have already started scouting locations.
In addition to building new ideas they will also be sure “to raise the quality and standards of existing hotels. We can’t make the same mistakes that other countries do, when in the midst of new developments they forget about their old hotels.”
In 2015 the country welcomed 3.5 million foreign visitors, so it seems like a very good time to work on the growth stuff. Cuba is an appealing destination for a lot of reasons, but more see lately since the travel restrictions from the Cold War era have been lifted.
The country has the tropical weather and beaches that make for a great vacation, plus the rich and vibrant culture that makes each new sight and sound a thrill. Cuba has retained a lot of its old flair and many people have been trying to get there to see that before the country starts growing too much and leaves those elements behind.
Many of the colors of buildings and old cars have been unchanged for decades and it can look like a frozen and quite beautiful moment in time.
However some change is inevitable, even if they do a great job of respecting Cuba’s roots and keeping things as authentic as possible throughout the growth.
Currently Cuba only has 63,000 hotel rooms nationwide. According to Collin Laverty, the founder of Cuba Educational Travel:
“From offloading at the airport to restaurant availability, infrastructure is maxed out.”
Clearly the interest is Cuba is only growing, so it will be interesting to see how the country continues to do so as well in the midst of all the changes.