International arrivals to Cuba in May 2015 surged 21.1 percent from the same period last year, the highest growth in the past 15 years, reported the country’s Office of National Statistics (ONEI) on July 12.

According to the office, the number of foreign tourists to the Caribbean country exceeded two million in the first five months, up 16 percent year on year.

Canada remained Cuba’s biggest tourism market with about 780,000 tourists, skyrocketing 135 percent compared to the same period last year.

Other markets with impressive growth included Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Argentina, Venezuela and Mexico.

Cuba received three million foreign visitors in 2014 and the snumber is expected to escalate to 3.5-4 million tourists in 2015.

Tourism is the country’s second biggest sector after health service exports, bringing home 2.5 billion USD each year.-VNA