HAVANA -- Cuba's recent visitor figures reflect the downward trend
H.E. Ibrahim Ferradaz, Cuba's minister of tourism, reported a 5%
decrease in September compared with the same month last year, and a
13% decline from Oct. 1 to 18 over the same period in October
Prior to Sept. 11, the Ministry of Tourism had projected visitor
arrivals would be 2 million in 2001, up 12.5% over 2000.
The revised figures now project 1.9 million visitors, a 7%
Hotel occupancies dipped from 50% before Sept. 11 to 30%
afterward, with no substantial change expected through November,
according to the ministry.