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Cuba to attract Brazilian tourism

Cuban tourism officials met with Brazilian diplomats at the embassy in Havana in an effort to increase tourism from the South American country.

Cuba press reports that Brazil will be the country guest of honor during the FITCuba 2013 tourism fair. The Cuban Ministry of Tourism said in a communiqué that the fair is scheduled for May 7-10 in Varadero.

The number of visitors to Cuba from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia has multiplied over the past few years, but the number of tourists from economically booming Brazil has remained small.

While the number of Brazilian visitors rose 12.8 percent during the first eight months of this year, the total was barely 11,000, ranking Brazil as No. 18 of Cuba’s source markets, below Venezuela, Chile, Peru and Colombia.

Visitors from Brazil, which enjoys tropical beaches itself, are likely more interested in city and cultural tourism. (ttc)

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