Cuba visitor numbers face Sept. 11 effect

HAVANA -- Cuba's recent visitor figures reflect the downward trend seen elsewhere.

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 2000.

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% increase.

Hotel occupancies dipped from 50% before Sept. 11 to 30% afterward, with no substantial change expected through November, according to the ministry.

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