PARIS._ Culture, heritage, and nature rank among attractions most appreciated by French visitors to Cuba, for which the European country is one of the major sources of vacationers.
“We are going through an excellent phase. In 2014, 103,475 French tourists visited the island, and that figure is likely to increase this year,” Rosa Adela Mejías, cultural attaché of the Cuban embassy in France, told the Prensa Latina news agency.
The French view Cuba primarily as a cultural tourism destination, she noted. In addition to its beauty, interest in history, traditions, music and people, are the main reasons behind their decision to visit that Caribbean island, Mejías stressed.
Sun-beach holidays are also promoted in order to encourage vacationers to discover Cuba’s natural beauty and culture, she added.
The specialist explained that the diversity of beaches and their location with regard to heritage sites and cities facilitate the modality of tourist circuits.
Cuba’s travel agencies, in coordination with tour operators, offer an ever growing variety of packages that combine history, culture, heritage and beaches, Mejías said.
Eco-tourism is another major attraction. In Europe, and most particularly in France, eco-tourism is very popular because the French tend to be naturelovers who praise Cuba’s environmental protection endeavors; something that facilitates sensitive as opposed to predatory tourism, the cultural attaché commented.
Similarly, there is a growing interest in local cruises, nautical activities, and Cuba’s diverse fauna and flora, with wellpreserved coral reefs being particularly attractive to visitors.
Business and event tourism are also booming and growing.
“We also work with students interested in visiting Cuban schools, interacting with other students, and generally learning more about our national education system, which is very special and of high quality,” added Mejías.
”It is our privilege that the strongFrench influence on the Cuban heritage, cuisine and culture in general is largely recognized.” This also encourages French people to visit the Caribbean nation, as many of them agree that they feel right at home in Cuba, she highlighted.
According to Mejías, the market isgrowing positively, with tour operators, travel agents and airlines contributing to the work of the Tourism Bureau in France and of tourism authorities on the island to increase the number of visitors.Share on FB Share on TT