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Beijing-Havana Direct Flight Boosts Cuban Tourism
The first direct flight Beijing-Havana, scheduled for December 27 by Air China airline, will be a catalyst for the promotion of tourism in Latin American and Caribbean basin, Prensa Latina said today in Beijing.
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The news Agency added that entrepreneurs, diplomats and local and foreign party leaders noted that the new route opens new opportunities for tourism and trade between the second world economy and Latin America.

Gathered at the University of Economy and Foreign Trade for the Annual Meeting of the Commerce Chamber of Mexico, executives of the Chinese airline stressed that the new flight, which will make a stopover in Montreal (Canada), is the first direct China-Caribbean flight.

For his part, Javier Jimenez, consul of Cuba in this nation, began his presentation on the topic describing the Caribbean island as an ideal destination by its natural beauty to promote visits to the region.

He explained that this initiative will be launched coinciding with the year in which Cuba and China commemorate the 55th anniversary of starting diplomatic relations.

He also said that the flight, three times a week, will help the Cuban tourism sector that in 2014 reached a record of three million visitors, and it is expected to boost economic relations and cultural and personnel exchanges between the Asian country and the region.

With the entry into force of this project, the two nations will expand traffic rights and will deepen on the cooperation in civil aviation.

That plan has advantages in addition to reduce travel time between these states.

According to official data, 22 115 Chinese traveled to Cuba between January and November 2014, an increase of 27.5 percent over the same period of 2013.

At that stage, China ranked 14th among countries sending tourists to Cuba.

Previously, flights passed through Spain, Germany, France and Mexico. Chinese people do not need a visa to enter Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grenada and the Turks and Caicos.

The trade and economic ties between China and Caribbean countries show healthy growth and this flight reflects improving exchanges between the two sides, experts assert. / ACN.

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