To the surprise of many (including I), the most searched travel destinations in 2o16 were not Paris, New York or London.
Google revealed that last year’s top 3 most “searched” cities, in order, are: Reykjavik, Havana and Toronto; followed by Mexico City, and Tokyo.
Every year, a combination of factors (such as the world economic situation, weather, affordability, historic events, etc) would determine which cities are the most popular tourist destinations.
In 2016, Havana, the Capital city of Cuba, made the 2nd position on this list.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Cuba is one of the world’s top travel destinations. Besides its privileged geographical position as the largest island in the Caribbean, its beautiful sand beaches, its popular musical rhythms, and world-famous Habano Cigars, Cuba has a lot to offer: rich culture and history; friendly people and astonishing architecture, among other wonderful things.
Last year’s visit of US President Obama (who became the first U.S. president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in the 1920s) marked a major shift in the previously rigid diplomatic relations between the 2 neighboring countries.
Soon after, the first pleasure cruise and first commercial flights originated in USA left Florida for Cuba and the first U.S.-owned hotel in 60 years opened its doors in Havana.
According to Google’s report, most of the interest in Havana comes from USA-based people. The total number of visitors to Cuba reached 4 millions in 2016 (a record number for the island). American nationals represent one of the main groups of travelers visiting the Caribbean island in spite of the fact that US laws do not permit American citizens to travel to Cuba for Tourist activities, only under a Specific License or under a General License within the 12 categories of authorized travel by OFAC.
So…What do you say? Are you ready to join us on a legal trip before it gets too crowded?