MIAMI, United States. – Cuba was excluded from the World’s Best Awards that the prestigious magazine Travel & Leisure gives annually.
The Caribbean island was not included in any of the dozens of global categories competing. Its beaches and landmark facilities also were not chosen.
In the category of Best Islands, 25 destinations were chosen from Europe, Asia and the Americas, but Cuba was not one of them.
Leading in this category were the Greek island of Milos, followed by Folegandros, also in Greece, and by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.
Likewise, among the best islands in the world were Sicily (Italy), the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), Bali (Indonesia) and Hawaii (United States).
Cuba was ranked 22 out of the 25 islands that classified for the category of Best Islands in the Caribbean.
According to the Guidelines of Travel & Leisure, the poll for World’s Best Awards this year was open to voting from January 11 until May 10, 2021, on account that most tourism destinations in the world were eliminating their COVID-19 restrictions.
However, parameters for analyzing the nominations are not limited to the voting period, because “the polling rules have always allowed for readers to reflect about their travel experiences during a three-year period”.
Cuba remains with restrictions on incoming international flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left thousands of people dead in the island in recent months.
The country will not open fully to foreign travelers until November 15, an opening that will coincide with the start of tourism high season in the Caribbean.
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