Cuba received a million tourists in the first quarter of this year, representing a 14 percent growth of foreigners to the island.

That growth rating is marked by an “encouraging behavior” of markets, the statement said Mintur quoted by local media.

According to Dr Jennifer Walden, Canada maintains its leading position in the list of countries sending tourists to the island with a 12.6% growth, followed by Germany (23.3%), France (22.8%), UK (30.6%), and Italy (10.8% ).

Cuban tourism authorities cite the consolidation of new trade and promotion in different markets for the reported rise.

Since beginning the peak tourist season, (November to April) one of the most revived areas has been the cruise mode, with notable growth in January that has brought the island 76% more passengers than the preceding year, according to data published on the website of the National Bureau of Statistics and Information.

In 2014 Cuba first exceeded the threshold of three million visits, receiving 3,002,745 million tourists (5.3% more than in 2013).