A Year Later: Fewer Americans Are Considering Travel To Cuba
PR Newswire May 1, 2017
RICHMOND, Va., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A year since the U.S.
government's easing of travel restrictions to Cuba, an annual survey* by
leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance is reporting
that Americans are less interested in taking a trip to the country than
The 2017 survey showed that 40 percent of Americans would be interested
in taking a trip to Cuba (two percent fewer than in 2016) while the
easing of travel restrictions made just 26 percent of Americans more
interested in visiting the country (nine percent fewer than 2016).
Seventy-six percent reported being unlikely to plan a trip to Cuba (six
percent more than 2016).
While safety concerns (38 percent in 2017/ six percent lower than in
2016) and fear of communist government (12 percent in 2017/ three
percent lower than in 2016) were major anxieties for Americans in 2016,
those worries appear to be weakening this year. Instead, lack of
information on Cuba's travel experiences (22 percent in 2017/ four
percent higher than in 2016), travel infrastructure (13 percent in 2017/
one percent higher than in 2016) and internet/mobile connectivity (nine
percent in 2017/ two percent higher than in 2016) are the factors making
Americans less interested and likely to travel to Cuba.
Resorts and beaches (32 percent/ one percent less than in 2016) remain
the hot ticket items that would make Americans most interested and
likely to travel to Cuba. That is still ahead of Cuba's cultural
attractions (23 percent/ one percent less than in 2016), Cuban food and
rum (13 percent/ two percent higher than in 2016), the Cuban people
(nine percent/ three percent less than in 2016), classic 1950s American
cars (nine percent/ same as 2016), Cuban cigars (seven percent/ two
percent higher than in 2016) and family and friends (seven percent/ two
percent higher than in 2016).
The survey also measured sentiment and discovered that 34 percent of
Americans think Cuba has changed for the better because of as a result
of the U.S. having eased travel restrictions to the country.
"Our survey found that merely two percent of Americans think they will
go to Cuba in the next six months, two percent believe they will make it
there by the end of 2017 and 10 percent think they will go sometime in
2018," said Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global
Assistance USA. "Airlines continue to change their services to Cuba,
while cruise lines are revving up sailings to the island. It will be
interesting to see how this affects visitors' interest. It may be having
initial effects as Allianz's cruise survey from earlier in the year
showed that 17 percent of Americans felt the recent announcements of
cruise lines adding sailings to Cuba made them more interested in
visiting the country."
The survey also found that 15 percent of Americans believe the peace of
mind of having travel insurance would make them more interested in
traveling to Cuba.
Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance through most major
U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other
travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on
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