The Havana Reporter. Your news source in Cuba
The Havana Reporter. Your news source in Cuba
The unique charm of the city of Havana, founded in November 1519, is due in no small part to its many monuments, most of which are associated with personalities and events.
For the first time in over half a century, a U.S. chain is running a hotel in Cuba: the Four Points by Sheraton in Havana.
Excitement about the 66th Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament, to run between June 13 and 18, continues to mount and, as the opening date approaches, almost one hundred boats have confirmed their participation.
The growth attained by the Cuban tourism industry was corroborated during the 36th International Tourism Fair, FITCuba 2016, recently held in Havana, with tourism authorities and experts predicting a further increase for this industry based on the content of the negotiations held and prospects connected with the U.S. market.
The 700 passengers -- 20 of whom were Cuban- Americans -- aboard the first U.S. cruise ship in 57 years to berth in Cuba, relished the atmosphere that surrounded the occasion.
The 8th Varadero Gourmet-2016 Festival recently held at this famous Cuban beach resort fulfilled its objective of encouraging the exchange of experiences and knowledge between businesspeople and gourmet experts and world services.
Among the trade fairs organized for this year in Cuba is the International Fair of Equipment for Hotel and Tourist Services, HOSTELCUBA, scheduled for May 17-19 at Havana’s PABEXPO exhibition site.
The renowned travel website TripAdvisor has just revealed that, thanks to the comments and ratings of their users, Paraiso, on Cuba’s Cayo Largo del Sur, ranks amongst the 10 best beaches in the world.The renowned travel website TripAdvisor has just revealed that, thanks to the comments and ratings of their users, Paraiso, on Cuba’s Cayo Largo del Sur, ranks amongst the 10 best beaches in the world.
Scheduled for May 3 to 7 in Havana, the 36th International Tourism Fair, FITCuba 2016, will be a very good opportunity for the Cuban Tourism Industry to strengthen the travel market and boost a sector that is this year likely to exceed the increase registered in 2014.
The Phantom cruise company, part of the U.S. Carnival group will, having sailed from Miami, arrive in Cuba for the first time next May 1, amidst the rapprochement between Washington and Havana after announcing the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and the recent official visit to the Island by President Barack Obama.
PARIS.- Nature, heritage and quality service are some of the assets of Cuban tourism that this country showed during the International Tourism Trade Show in Paris, France’s main promotional fair within the tourist sector, celebrated from March 17-20.
HAVANA.- Cohiba, one of Cuba’s and the world´s most important Premium cigar brands held center-stage throughout the recently held XVII Habano Festival in Havana.
A purebred horse auction held recently in Cuba raised 541,000 Euro for the improvement of horse breeds and the protection the country’s flora and fauna, according to a spokesperson for the National Enterprise for Flora and Fauna Protection (ENPFF).
Cuba closed the year 2015 with a 17.3 percent growth in the tourism sector, informed José Luis Perelló, professor from the University of Havana’s Faculty of Tourism.
MADRID._ Once again, the International Tourism Trade Fair of Madrid (FITUR) has become a point of reference for Latin America, a destination with a very promising future that captivates an ever increasing number of tourists from all around the world.
The presence of a Cuban delegation for the first time at the Miami International Boat Show -- one of the world’s largest marine fairs – running in the southern U.S city between February 11-15, compliments the growth in the tourist industry.
Displacing in excess of 59,000 tons and carrying 2,600 passengers of European origin, the MSC Opera cruise ship arrived last December in Cuba.
The Spanish hotel chain Iberostar raises its bets on Cuba whilst it also takes part in helping with education on the island through its foundation which works alongside the Spanish organization Unicef.
This month a varied program will accompany the celebrations for the 85th anniversary of Cuba’s Hotel Nacional, the most emblematic hotel of this archipelago and a symbol of its tourism said Antonio Martínez, general director of the venue.
HAVANA._ The fact that the number of foreign tourists arriving in Cuba reached three million 45 days earlier than predicted, is a confirmation of the increase registered by the country’s key tourism indicators so far in 2015, accompanied by a renewed product.
According to Commodore José Miguel Díaz Escrich, of the Hemingway International Club, if all measures against the island were lifted, more than 60,000 yachts per year could visit Cuba.
A new recreational tourism route around the World Heritage Site of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro, is introducing locals and visitors to the enchanting sea-views of this city on Cuba’s south-eastern coast.
With the possibility of substantial growth in the number of North Americans visitors in the background, the Mexican airline Interjet, has increased its presence in Cuba in what is a vote of confidence in the prospects for tourism on the island.
Eddy Fernandez, president of the Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba (FACRC in Spanish) has said their colleagues in the U.S. are very interested in forming even closer ties with this country and soon hope to send a youth delegation to hold meetings with their Cuban counterparts.
Organized every two years in the idyllic and unique scene of the Cuban archipelago, this year’s edition will take place from September 22-27, the tenth edition of the international event of Nature Tourism TURNAT, a professional meeting that relies on many upcoming entertainers of all corners of the globe.
If market trends maintain their course of the past seven years, Cuba is set to become, within a relatively short time frame, the second choice vacation destination for Canadian tourists.
Positioning Havana among the prime urban tourist destinations in the Caribbean is one of the aims of the tourist group Gaviota, an institution founded 27 years ago, leader of the hotel industry in Cuba with some 24,000 rooms in use.
The drive of the Cuban tourist industry and last year’s arrival of more than 3 million international travellers show signs that some of the developing methods like that of the cruise ships, can take wing in the near future.
German pilot and member of Cuba‘s Hemingway I n t e r n a t i o n a l Sailing Club, Roger Klüh has confirmed his intention to break the speed record for a sea crossing between Key West in the U.S. and the bay of Havana.
Foreign investment plays a major role in the development of the Cuban tourism industry, said José Daniel Alonso, the business director at the Cuban Tourism Ministry (MINTUR).
The month of May was evidently important for Cuba’s tourism, sport and friendship ties as it welcomed two regattas from the United States and a fishing tournament largely represented by U.S. fishermen.
The Cuban tourism industry is doing very well so far this year in terms of international market and environmental protection, with statistics and examples that corroborate such assertion.
Canada will be the guest of honor at the 36th Cuban International Tourism Fair (FITCuba) in 2016.
Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago signed a cooperation agreement intended to promote the flow of tourists and boost the Caribbean region as a destination.
Spain’s Iberia airline has ratified the reopening of its Madrid-Havana route for June 1, distinguishing it as the star of its long distance flights.
Close to celebrating 500 years of its founding, on November 16, 1519, the Cuban capital offers thousands of tourists from around the world the possibility to enjoy its many majestic colonial fortresses.
The Jardines del Rey archipelago, ranked as one of Cuba’s premier sun-beach destinations, has registered a record number of more than 9,000 visitors from different countries in merely one day.
Gaviota, the tourism group with the largest number of hotel rooms in Cuba, is optimistic about a rise in the number of Portuguese visitors to the island and its keys, having recorded a 55 percent increase last year.
Following a season during which Cuba welcomed a record number of more than three million visitors, the tourism sector aspires to ensure a significant increase in the number of European holidaymakers due to renewed interest from continental travel agencies.
In a world where recreational travel is a priority for many people, Cuba has the perfect place for leisure tourism: Cayo Largo del Sur, a small resort island off the south coast of the Cuban mainland.
Cuba’s tourism continues to grow as verified by the official announcement that the island welcomed 3,200,745 visitors in 2014, according to the National Statistics and Information Office (ONEI).