HAVANA._ 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.

At present close to 1,300 rooms are being used in the Cuban capital. Gaviota will add some 717 rooms with the opening of three new facilities, all with privileged locations.

The first which will open its doors will be a hotel of 246 rooms which will take the place of what was known before as Manzana de Gómez, nestled in the fabulous surroundings of the Parque Central (Central Park). According to the group’s development projections it will open between 2015 and 2017, and is predicted to open next year.

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.Meanwhile, very close to where the city holds its most well-known symbol El Morro, the company plan to open two other hotels in 2017, one which will be built in Prado and Malecón with 210 rooms and the other which will be named the Packard hotel, with 261 rooms.

Today, the tourist group Gaviota have six hotel establishments in the Cuban capital: Quinta Avenida Habana, a 5-star hotel with 186 rooms; the H10 Habana panorama (317 rooms) and the Memories Miramar Habana (427 rooms), both of which have 4 stars.

Gaviota also own Memories Miramar Montehabana (164 rooms), and the hotels El bosque (62 rooms) and Kohly (136 rooms), which all have 3 stars.

PROJECTS IN REALIZATION

Gaviota’s projectional development seems to also add to their offer of accommodation between 2015 and 2016, almost 14,000 new hotel rooms in Havana, Varadero, Los Cayos de Villa Clara, Ciego de Ávila and Camagüey; as well as the planned growth for Eastern Cuba – namely Holguín and Baracoa.

For this year the opening of four new buildings is expected, three of which will be located in Cayo Santa María, in the north of the province of Villa Clara, and the fourth in Varadero, the main sun and beach destination on the island.

In the case of Cayo Santa María and Cayo Las Brujas, from 2015 to 2017, 2,736 rooms should be finalized, in such a way that from that time on, more than 12, 800 hotel rooms will be in use in the Cayos of Villa Clara. In this way, this figure shows practically all of its developmental potential.

By 2016, 1, 613 new rooms should be completed in Varadero, with two hotels being built on Las Conchas beach and the third planned to be constructed in Cayo Buba.

Similarly, in the Marina Gaviota Varadero, considered to be the most important marina of all the Caribbean islands, work continues, and there are advances in the opening of a new commercial zone and new apartments.

The tourism group Gaviota was created on January 20, 1988 and it was established as a Trading Corporation on May 22, 1990.

At present it is considered to be the leading tourist company in Cuba and it counts on the most active investment planning and expansion of high quality products.

Around 85% of the company’s 24,000 rooms are run by foreign hotel chains among which are found, the Accor group, Blau Hotels and Resorts, Blue Diamond Hotel and Resorts, Bayan Tree, Hotusa, H10 Hotels, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts Español, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Pestana Hotels and Resorts, Valentin Hotels y Warwick International Hotels.

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