WASHINGTON(Sputnik) — Cuba has seen a significant influx of tourists from the United States following the announcement to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries, US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters on Thursday.
"There has been a 54 percent increase in the number of Americans visiting Cuba since that announcement," Rhodes said in a briefing.
Moreover, the United States extended the list of citizens eligible to visiting the Caribbean island nation.
On Tuesday, the US Department of Transportation said the two countries reached an agreement to restore scheduled air service. The Department invited US airlines to submit applications to provide scheduled passenger and cargo flights between the two countries by March 2.