French companies plan to increase presence in Cuban tourism

Posted: 31-May-15 11:41

Now that the tourism industry in Cuba has started to flourish, many French companies have announced plans to increase their presence in the Latin American nation. Arwich International Hotels and Accor, two French hotel chains, are working to incorporate a number of new hotels at Cuban tourist attractions - including the Jardines del Rey archipelago and the beach resort of Varadero.

French companies plan to increase presence in Cuban tourism

Cuba is becoming a popular destination for French travellers and in 2014 more than 100,000 French citizens visited this island nation. It is thought that this year will bring even more visitors, as Cuba's tourism sector continues to grow.

Now many French companies are tapping into the Cuban tourist charge, with two French hotel chains extending their operations into the island.

Accor Hotels Expanding to Cuba

Accor, which is the largest hotel group in Europe, has announced that it will be developing a new luxury hotel in Cayo Coco: the Pullman Cayo Coco, which will have 518 rooms and will be located near to the international airport of the Caribbean island.

Accorr already has two mid-sized Mercure hotels there, the Mercure Playa de Oro and the Mercure Sevilla Havana. The new hotel will be the most luxurious and it will cater to the increasing demand for high-end travel to Cuba.

Accor has also announced that it will be working on another hotel, which is a partnership with the Cuban tourism group called Gaviota. The partnership is for building a luxury hotel in Havana with 218 rooms, called the Sofitel So La Habana.

More Expansions By French Companies

Another French hotel, WIH, will be expanding into the tourist sector of Cuba. This French brand has entered into negotiations with Gaviota Group to run the soon-to-come Cayo Santo Maria Resort which is located in beautiful Jardines del Rey. This resort will be opened in June and will be another desirable spot for travellers to Cuba.

Along with French hotel companies, there is also expansion from French airlines into Cuba. Air France will be offering another flight from Paris to Havana, which will increase the available flights from France to Cuba to 11 per week.

The directors of Cubana Airlines (A Cuban Airline) and Air France signed a memorandum of understanding that they hope will strengthen their commercial links and improve commercial co-operation.

As tourism in Cuba grows, we are likely to see more expansions by French companies into this exciting and vibrant Latin American nation.


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