The number of American tourists who travelled to the Caribbean island by air have nearly halved, but those arriving by cruise ship almost doubled last year.

In this January 17, 2018 photo, tourists tour the city in private American classic cars, as they drive in front of a cruise ship in Havana, Cuba.
In this January 17, 2018 photo, tourists tour the city in private American classic cars, as they drive in front of a cruise ship in Havana, Cuba. (AP)

After former US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro strengthened ties between Washington and Havana in 2014, it paved the war for a tourism boom in Cuba.

But Donald Trump's administration has followed a tougher policy and has put the industry under strain. The Cuban economy relies heavily relies on tourism.

As TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan reports the restrictions by Washington don't prevent Americans from visiting Cuba.

Source: TRT World