HAVANA -- Visitors to Cuba last year totaled 1.7 million, up .03%
or 555 individuals, above 2000 figures, according to the Ministry
Figures compiled by Cuba's National Statistics Office reveal
that 127,000 U.S. visitors traveled on charter flights sanctioned
by Cuba from Miami, Los Angeles and New York.
This was an increase of 44,000 over the previous year, although
the number dipped dramatically after Sept. 11, as did hotel
occupancies in Havana and Cuba's resort areas.