Celebs, selfies and cigars: Paris Hilton comes to Cuba, enjoys 17th Habano Festival

Posted: 01-Mar-15 21:51

Paris Hilton and Naomi Campbell were among the big international names spotted in Havana at recently. But the final day of the prestigious 17th Habano Festival was more than just a chance to take some smile-filled selfies. Model and socialite Hilton's presence had some serious historical connections, in light of recent events.

Celebs, selfies and cigars: Paris Hilton comes to Cuba, enjoys 17th Habano Festival

The final day of the island's annual cigar festival ended with a glittering gala dinner. It marked a turning point in the historic normalising in US-Cuba relations, making it easier for American tourists to visit the island, as long as they fall under various family-related, educational, religious and cultural reasons.

Hilton paid a visit to the hotel originally opened by her great-grandfather Conrad Hilton in 1958, just a year before the communist revolution. The hotel was later nationalised, renamed the Hotel Habana Libre and used as an office base by Fidel Castro, whose son Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart was seen posing for selfies with the reality TV star and heiress.

Hilton also posted numerous photos of her trip on her Instagram account

Hilton also posted numerous photos of her trip on her Instagram account, including an image of herself in front of the hotel captioned:

"Posing in front of the original 'Habana Hilton Hotel' that my great grandfather Conrad opened here in 1958."

The Habano Festival, held in Havana's Conventions Center from February 23-27, celebrates Habano tobacco, regarded as the best in the world. Last year it brought together more than 1,600 participants from 60 nations. According to Caribbean News Digital:

"A number of major musicians from the turf brought the 2015 edition of the Habano Festival to a close, an event that featured presentations, launches of new vitolas, pairings with drinks, contests, visits to tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo and to the H. Upmann and La Corona cigar factories."

In one of the most popular events, a number of cigar aficionados gathered to compete in the second version of the international competition held to determine the smoker who could achieve the longest ash.

A jewel in the crown of the night's events was the traditional grand auction of humidors, which pulled in a generous $740,000-plus, set to be funneled into Cuba's healthcare system.


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