OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
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MADRID.–Yesterday, January 16, Cuba was awarded the Excellence Prize as the safest country for tourism, at the 38th International Tourism Fair in the Spanish capital, which is continuing through the 21st.

The distinction was accepted by Cuban Minister of Tourism Manuel Marrero, who is leading a delegation to the important event, and Gustavo Machín, the island's ambassador in Spain.

According to Marrero, the number of Spanish citizens traveling to Cuba grew by 10.5% in 2017.

Ironically, the award comes shortly after the U.S. State Department issued a warning to its citizens to "reconsider" traveling to Cuba, alleging serious security risks, even though all statistics indicate that the island is one of the world's safest tourist destinations.