Sunday, November 27, 2022

Cuba hands over tourism management of Cayo Largo del Sur to Canadian group

Habana, Cuban authorities have handed over operations of all accommodation centers and other extra-tourist activities on Cayo Largo del Sur, a paradisiacal island in the south of the country, to Canadian hotel group Blue Diamond, a director of the firm told Reuters.

“It is very important for us because as a chain we are going to key in an integral way, not only at the level of exploitation, at the marketing level, which is the 11 hotel products that we have, which are seven villas and four hotels. But in return we are going to take charge of the non-hotel management of the commercial areas on the beaches, Blue Diamond Cuba’s commercial director Rafael Villanueva told state television.

In early July, the new runway of Willow Acuna International Airport on this key was inaugurated, along with natural reproduction, the rehabilitation of the control tower and other facilities for the relaunch of this 37.5-square-kilometre Caribbean tourism hub. it was done. Ground for many species of turtles

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flights from canada will increase new flights from canada

Flights from Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa and Halifax will begin in the coming months.

The executive explained that Italian tourists are expected to arrive in October and Canadians in November, the largest group of travelers who choose to vacation in Cuba.

The hotel group, which now has 10,900 accommodations in Cuba, has gained ground in the island’s tourism sector, where the Spanish Melia Group is in charge of the largest number of hotels (40).

In August, Blue Diamond will also take control of the luxurious Paseo del Prado hotel, inaugurated shortly before the pandemic on central Prado Avenue in the Cuban capital, which will become Royalton Habana.

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“It will be prominent in the capital,” Villanueva said, highlighting the importance of the operation as Royalton’s “biggest brand” internationally.

Tourism, the main engine of the island’s economy, fell from just over one million international visitors in 2020 to 356,470 in 2021, according to official figures.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, tourist arrivals reached 4.1 million in 2018. Of this, a total of over one million were Canadian.

For this 2022, the government has estimated the arrival of 20 lakh foreign tourists. Till May 564 thousand 847 passengers arrived.

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