Cuban authorities say the number of American travelers to the island is up 84 percent for the first half of the year, compared with the same January-June period in 2015.

State news agency Prensa Latina reports that Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero gave that figure to members of parliament.

The total number of U.S. visitors was not made public, and the figure does not include the hundreds of thousands of Cuban-Americans who travel to the island each year on family visits.

Overall tourism to Cuba was reportedly up 11.7 percent for the first six months of 2016, with a total of 2,147,600 travelers to the island.

Prensa Latina said Thursday that there were also significant increases in visitors from nations such as Spain, Italy, Poland and Germany.

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