It wasn’t so long ago that Americans were clamoring to visit Cuba, but a new study conducted by Allianz Global Assistance shows that interest may be waning. In 2018, the number of U.S. visitors who spent a night in Cuba was down 33% from the same number in 2017. The study showed in addition that interest in any future trip to Cuba dropped slightly from 2018 to 2019. In 2018, 74.7% of those polled indicated that they were “not interested” in Cuba, while 75.5% identified as “not interested” in this year’s poll.
The drop comes despite the fact that 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Havana, the Cuban capital. According to the Allianz data, 90% of those polled were unaware of the anniversary.
“With Havana making significant infrastructure improvements, including major hotel renovations, and planning cultural activities to celebrate the city’s 500th anniversary, it’s a great opportunity for Americans to visit,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Our survey indicates that Cuba scores highly for its resorts and beaches, as well as its cultural attractions, with 34%t of Americans listing one of these as the top reason for their interest in visiting the island. When traveling internationally, the right travel protection policy may provide peace of mind in case of unexpected travel disruptions or health issues.”
Disclaimer: Johnny Jet works as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receives financial compensation.
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