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A total of 30,000 Argentinean vacationers have picked the island as their tourist destination this year, for a 23 percent increase in visits from that country, compared to 2005.

The announcement was made in Buenos Aires, by Cuba's deputy tourism minister Oscar González, during a press conference at the Latin American International Tourism Fair (FIT 2006), PL News Agency reported.

Gonzalez expressed his satisfaction with the increasing number of visitors to Cuba from that sister Latin American nation and announced the opening of a Cubana Airlines connection between Buenos Aires and Cayo Largo key, a tourist resort off the northern Cuba coast.

The new flight joins another two connections to Varadero beach in Central Matanzas and to Cayo Coco, also off the northern coast of central Cuba, said Gonzalez, and he noted that the upcoming Cuban tourism fair, scheduled for next May will mainly promote the keys of the Cuban archipelago as major tourist destinations.

Cuba not only offers its sun and its beaches, but also cultural tourism with visits to different sites which UNESCO has declared as a Heritage of Humanity, said the Cuban deputy tourism minister.

Argentina is Cuba's third major source of visitors from Latin America, after Mexico and Venezuela.
Source: ACN

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