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Tourism: Cuba is much more than Havana

Touristic centers of a high level, spa resorts with infrastructure for visitors, well-preserved cities, etc., are the basis of a highly trained human development and strong cultural roots that make up our national identity.


1 de junio de 2016 - Taken from Prensa Latina

"Havana is Cuba, the rest is a green area", said Cubans with a touch of irony, when, in the past, the urban developemnt faded after the capital limits; but water has flowed under the bridge since then, and the so-called "countryside" is far from being the underdeveloped field of other times.

Touristic centers of a high level, spa resorts with infrastructure for visitors, well-preserved cities, etc., are the basis of a highly trained human development and strong cultural roots that make up our national identity.

At present, the Cuban tour offer focuses its efforts on marketing the central and eastern side of the Archipelago, as stated by the Director of Communication and Promotion at the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (in Spanish, Mintur).

These were goals at the recently finished International Tourism Fair Panama 2016.

Though Havana is best-known in the world, along with Varadero beach resort; in Jardínes del Rey, some keys like Santa María, 400 kilometers east from the capital has wonderful beaches which are good attractions for tourists.

We also have in this central region heritage sites with 500 years, such as Trinidad and Sancti Spíritus, while in the East there are Camagüey, Bayamo, Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa; this latter will arrive to 505 years in upcoming August.
The offer is completed with ecological hiking, water sports, and nature offers as landscape contemplation, terrestrial flora and fauna, archeology, scubadiving, four and five-star hotels, and international airports (10 in the country).

In turn, a flight increase of the Panaman Copa airline company to Holguin and Santa Clara provinces favors the purposes of promoting these tourist destinations.

Cuba is a multiproduct package per se, and we have many attractive sites all across the nation, that may draw the attention of tourists, among which are the seven first villages founded by Spaniards.

EVERYBODY WANTS TO VISIT HAVANA

Naturally, for some tourists and touroperators, Havana is an obliged tourism destination, despite the big efforts to increase hotel rooms, to face the tourists' high demand.

Among the most oustanding sites of this city are the well-known Manzana de Gomez -former trade center in Old Havana, now being refurbished-, and old hotels with heritage architectural value.

About the cruise tourist branch, important companies docked in Cuban ports this season, as MSC, Crystal and Thomson, and a new route of this kind from US started with the opening of Carnival.

For the upcoming tourism season, other offers are under analysis, which inculde Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago radas.

Next June 7, the country's capital will be granted the Wonder City Award, which will become a special moment for different festivities with cultural attractions for the foreign visitor, This moment will also help to foster Cuba as a tourist destination.


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