July 25, 2012 17:04 PM
Cuba, Japan To Launch Charter Flights In August
HAVANA, July 25 (BERNAMA-NNN-PRENSA LATINA) - As part of efforts to
consolidate the Cuban tourism industry, a new air service between Japan
and Cuba was announced Wednesday with two charter flights scheduled for
The Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) said in a statement that the two
flights are scheduled every two years following an agreement between
Japanese airlines and the state-operated Cuba tourism company Cubanacan.
It said this second edition of flights to Cuba will allow Japanese
travellers to enjoy the attractions of this destination, especially in
relation to historical and cultural heritage of the island, its natural
values and hospitality of the people.
About 4,000 Japanese visited Cuba last year and that number could
surpass 5,000 this year, according to Japanese Embassy estimates.
Cuba has been actively promoting tourism in recent years, particularly
targeting Japanese tourists in a bid to obtain more foreign currency.
With such flights, the ministry expects more Japanese visitors to this
Caribbean nation in the medium and long term.
Cuba bets on the development of the leisure industry and authorities
expect to close this year with 2.9 million visitors, besides having a
plan for 2013 of more than three million tourists.
-- BERNAMA-NNN-PRENSA LATINA