How many tourists visited Cuba in 2016?
The number of Cubans visiting Cuba increased significantly last year from the previous year.
According to Cuba’s National Tourism Organization (ENCA), in the first half of this year, Cuba saw an average of 1,812 tourists visiting the island, a figure that is now on track to surpass last year’s mark.
In 2016, there were 1,932 tourists visiting Cuba, a rate of almost 8,000 tourists per month, the ENCA said in its latest annual report.
Tourism to Cuba is not a priority for the Cuban government as it focuses on economic development and tourism.
The island has only one official airline, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which flies between Havana and the United States and Europe.
There are no official flights to the US, however, nor to Russia or Canada.
Cuba has not had a single major earthquake since 1959, although it has suffered at least eight earthquakes since 2009.
Most of the major earthquakes are related to natural phenomena, such as landslides and other faults.
Some of the other major disasters in Cuba include the 2010 quake that devastated the capital, Havana, and the 2013 earthquake that killed thousands of people in the capital city, Mariel.
Despite the recent surge in tourism, however; there are still a number of challenges that the island faces.
According the National Tourism Association (ENLA), there were nearly 4,000 reported tourism-related deaths in 2016, a decrease of almost 4,600 people from the same period last year.
The number of tourists who died in 2016 was about the same as last year, but the number of deaths had increased by about 400 people compared to last year due to a rise in tourist deaths.
Other key challenges include lack of proper training and equipment, the inability to travel with the proper permits, and a lack of understanding of the country and its people.
Even the Cuban economy has its challenges.
According to a 2016 study by the Center for Strategic Studies (CSIS), Cuba has the second largest economy in Latin America, behind only Brazil.
It is the third largest in the world behind Argentina and the Dominican Republic.
The report estimated that in 2016 Cuban GDP was worth $6.4 trillion, with GDP growth of about 6 percent.