The New York Times recommends Cuba among the top ten tourist destinations to visit in 2012
The New York Times published a list of 45 destinations worldwide as recommending places to visit in 2012, and at No. 10 is Havana, Cuba. To make the list the prestigious publication valued in particular cultural offerings and tourist services.
The Cuban capital is once more available to Americans. All that stands between the Americans and the sensual streets of Havana are the Straits of Florida, as the Obama administration has expanded the range of travel allowed, quotes the journal.
A growing list of organizations is licensed to operate trips to Cuba, including National Geographic Expeditions, Austin-Lehman and the Center for Cuban Studies. “There are also more flights to Cuba from U.S. cities: Fort Lauderdale and Tampa recently joined New York, Miami and Los Angeles in the list, and Chicago will be added this year."
"The tours include meetings with art historians, and organic farmers among others. Conveniently, new restaurants and cafes, some in beautiful colonial houses, have resurfaced in 2011, "adds the newspaper. Havana is also preparing for its 11th Biennial from May 11 to June 11, attracting more than 100 Cuban and foreign artists", adds the publication.
The journalists from the publication chose a total of 45 emerging tourist destinations in 2012. The top ten are: Panama, Helsinki, Finland, Myanmar, London, Oakland, California, Tokyo, Tanzania, Chilean Patagonia, Lhasa, Tibet, and Havana, Cuba.
The rest of the list is completed by: Moscow, Glasgow, Puebla (Mexico), San Diego (California), Halong Bay (Vietnam), Florence (Italy), St Vincent (Caribbean), Moganshan (China), Birgmingham (UK), Space (yes, oddly enough, but true), Kerala (India), Paraty (Brazil), Koh Rong (Cambodia), Vienna (Austria), Chattanooga (Tennessee), Dakhla (Morocco), Maldives, Malacca (Malaysia), The Algave (Portugal), Tahoe (California), Wales, Antarctica, Uganda, Ukraine, Samana (Dominican Republic), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Chiloe (Chile), Jordan, Crans-Montana (Switzerland), Montpellier (France), Nosara (Costa Rica), South Korea, Lodz (Poland), Dalarna (Sweden) and Portovenere (Italy).Continued on the next page