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Fidel Castro's Death Sparks Interest In Tourism: Follow His Revolutionary Trail In Cuba's Best Cities

Travelers Today       By    Patricia Sim

Updated: Dec 02, 2016 04:06 AM EST

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Cuba Faces Historic Changes As Relations With U.S. Broaden
HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 23: The Hotel Inglaterra is seen after the American hotel chain Starwood announced it will be investing in the property as companies from the United States prepare for the first time to take part in the economic opportunities in Cuba on March 23, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The United States government has begun to ease some economic restrictions even as the embargo remains in place.
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Although there are many mixed reactions to Fidel Castro's death, his death has definitely sparked interest, particularly in touring around Cuba. Some of Cuba's most important cities and attractions had influence to the revolutionary leader, and tourism has gone up for the most part since his death.

According to The Telegraph, Cuba's National Statistics Office indicated a rise in tourist numbers the week of November 25, the day Fidel Castro died. This rise was supposedly about 15 percent more than the given number of the same period last year. AirBNB has also reported an increase in activity in Cuba, with a surge of visitors trying to book "casas particulares" or private homes. (READ: Where To Go For a Budget-Friendly Honeymoon)

This year alone, the number of visitors from the U.S. rose by 80 percent. This was seen as an effect of President Barack Obama having visited Havana, Cuba and reinstating friendly relations. (READ: Top Five Countries Barack Obama Visited During His Eight-Year Presidential Term)

1. Santiago de Cuba - For Fidel Castro's revolutionary road, events began in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba's second largest city. In July 25, 1953, Castro and other rebels assembled at the Hotel Rex by the Plaza de Marte. They then stormed the Moncada Barracks, according to The Independent. Currently, visitors can visit Room 36 at the Hotel Rex, which is preserved as a revolutionary shrine. The Moncada Barracks have also been renovated into a historical museum. (READ: New York's Finest - The Big Apple's Best Hidden Museums and Galleries)

2. Havana - Cuba's capital city and seat of government, Havana houses the Museum of the Revolution, established by the leading communist government and tells the story about Cuba-USA tension through the eyes of revolutionary Cubans such as Fidel Castro. The museum also contains Che Guevara's bloodstained uniforms and black beret, another symbol of revolution to many. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. The Habana Libre Hotel is also a revolutionary Fidel Castro symbol. Initially named the Havana Hilton, Castro declared it his post-revolutionary headquarters in 1959 and renamed it to the current "free Havana". (READ: The Cheapest Cities In Asia; Where To Go For Under $20 A Day)

3. Santa Clara - A small but pleasant city, Santa Clara, is home to the Plaza de la Revolucion. This plaza holds the remains of Che Guevara, another revolutionary leader, as well as other comrades from the revolution. In addition, this old city is where the rebels seized victory from Cuba's then-dictator Fulgencio Batista. An armored train launched by the dictator was derailed at the Tren Blindado with the rebels removing a section of track and using a bulldozer to push the threat away.

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