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Weekly report on Cuba's tourism industry
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Cuba: Added Values for Tourism

The Cuban tourism sector, with aspirations to consolidate an annual influx of over 3.5 million people, is committed to the design options able to provide added value to the traditional sun and beach.

The warm waters surrounding the largest Antillean island, complemented by large areas of sand, are an attractive difficult to ignore by those visitors who come each year to the island.

However, the existence of opportunities for adventure tourism and nature in its different forms emerges strongly in the wide range of recreational opportunities.

Among the alternatives is the growing practice of so-called kite surfing, supported by the opening of three international schools in the tourist destination of Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens).

Experts asserted that on the beaches of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, there is potential for this modality due to the air currents.

Add to this scuba diving and snorkeling, supported by marine ecosystems in the Cuban archipelago that are famous for their size, variety, levels of endemism and conservation.

Jardines del Rey Marina.

About 1,000 species of fish, 58 of corals, 160 of sponges, mollusks, crustaceans and a variety of plants live in the coral reef surrounding its broad and relatively shallow continental shelf, which is immersed in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean at the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south.

Meanwhile, events of the most diverse characteristics occupy spaces in the Cuban tourism agenda, turned into scenarios able to arouse the interest of visitors.

In this relationship highlights the first International Open Championship Jump Blue Apnea 2016, to be held in Jibacoa Memories hotel in recent months.

In addition, specialized events such as the V International Nature Photography Competition, based in the Natural Protected Landscape Topes de Collantes are included.

This protected area is known for the richness and uniqueness of their biodiversity, with an attractive landscape shaped by lush forests, many rivers and streams with unpredictable jumps waters and natural pools.

To this, mountain ecosystems in the Caribbean country are added, as the island has four mountain ranges that cover about 21 percent of its total area, in addition to hosting 37 percent of the forested areas.

The mountains of Cuba, and particularly the easternmost, are considered among the centers of evolution, dispersion and most important endemism in the Antilles.

Precisely this peculiarity responds to being the longest territories have remained emerged during the birth of the archipelago, thus benefited from a prolonged evolution of flora and fauna.

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