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Cuba welcomed between January and November more than 2.5 million foreign tourists, according to figures published by the National Statistics and Information Office, or ONEI.

The report said that 2,546,851 tourists arrived on the island in the first 11 months of 2013, with 234,266 of them landing here in November.

Cuba will not reach its target volume of 3 million tourists this year, but rather, as directors of the sector have said, the total for 2013 is expected to be around 2.8 million foreign visitors, a number similar to last year.

Among the main factors have have influenced Cuba's failure to reach its tourist target, Cuban tourism authorities point to problems in the source countries like the international economic crisis and other difficulties.

Canada, which accounts for 38.9 percent of foreign visitors, remains in the lead as Cuba's top tourist market with more than 1 million visitors to the Caribbean island this year, according to ONEI figures.

Canada is followed by Britain, Germany, France, Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, China, Peru and Brazil, the Cuban governmental organization said.

Source: Global

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