Survey: U.S. travel to Cuba keeps growing.
In 2012, according to the consulting firm, 574,000 U.S. citizens and residents traveled to Cuba. As of mid-December 2013, 569,000 U.S. passengers had traveled to Cuba.
According to the survey, 67.4 percent of those interviewed travel to the island. Of those, 87 percent travel once a year; 6.2 percent travel at least once every quarter, suggesting a substantial number who travel on business. The median stay in Cuba is between five and seven days.
Of the travelers, more than one-third--36.3 per-cent--visit tourist resorts; 54.9 percent of the beach visitors go to Varadero. More than 80 percent of the beach visitors said they stay in hotels. As to transportation, one-third rent cars, and 17.87 percent hire government-owned taxis.
The study estimates that Cuban Americans visiting the island spend between $660 million and $665 million annually there.
KEY FINDINGS OF THE U.S-CUBA TRAVEL SURVEY 2012 573,986 total U.S.-Cuba travelers 475,936 Cuban Americans 98,050 other U.S. citizens and residents 2013 (Jan-mid-Dec.) 569,232 total 471,994 Cuban Americans 97,238 others 87% travel at least once a year to Cuba 3.1% travel quarterly 1.8% travel every other month 1.3% travel monthly Median stay in Cuba: Five to seven days 36.3% of all U.S. travelers visit beach resorts in Cuba 54.9% of those go to Varadero, 21.8% to Guardalavaca, 13.4% to Cayo Santa Manfa Cuban American travelers spend up to $665 million a year in Cuba