"Tourism is crucial for our economy. It benefits people who rent houses to tourists, taxi drivers, and those who work in the hospitality sector. We need more tourists to come," said business owner Mario Abreu.
Argentine tourist Valentina Fernandez was on her dream vacation after landing in Havana for the first time with a group of friends. The 33-year-old was fascinated by the beaches and the island's revolutionary history, including Che Guevara's stay in the Caribbean country.
"This island is wonderful. Its beaches are fantastic and the people are very kind. We are having a great time here," she said as she headed towards the Malecon, Cuba's most famous seafront promenade.