State-run agency Gaviota to double hotel rooms in Cuba by 2020

Posted: 13-Aug-15 09:20

State-run tourism company in Cuba, Gaviota, is planning to double its number of hotel rooms in the country to 50,000 by 2020. In a bid to keep up with the demand of the increase in holidaymakers, the plans include the opening of three brand new hotels in Havana by 2018, as well as new properties in Varadero, Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila and Camaguey.

State-run agency Gaviota to double hotel rooms in Cuba by 2020

Gaviota, Cuba’s state-run tourism agency, has announced plans to double the number of hotels rooms on the island to 50,000 by 2020.
The agency plans to open three new hotels in Havana, 2018 in a bit to make it a leading tourism destination in the Caribbean.

A new five-star luxury hotel is scheduled to open in the historic Manzana de Gomez building in Old Havana by 2016 and it will have 246 guest rooms and upscale facilities. In 2017, the Hotel Packard will reopen with 300 guest rooms, and the Prado y Malecon facility, a new oceanfront hotel with 208 guest rooms, will open in 2018. But it doesn't end here; a lot more brand new hotels in Cuba are in the pipeline for the next five years as Gaviota recently unveiled a total of 36 new hotel properties in varous stages of construction and pre-construction talks, all to be ready by 2020.

Gaviota already operates three hotels in Havana, the Quinta Avenida, Memories Miramar Havana, and H10 Panorama, all of which are situated in the upscale Miramar neighbourhood.

The agency also plans to open hotels in picturesque regions in Cuba, such as the coastal resort of Varadero, and in the northern keys that are situated off the provinces of Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila, and Camagüey.

In the first six months of 2015, Cuba received two million international holidaymakers. Since U.S President Obama announced that Cuba and the United States were to resume diplomatic relations, there’s been a 50 per cent increase in the number of American visitors.

Americans can visit the Caribbean island under licensed people-to people-programmes and tours that focus on educational and cultural exchanges between Cubans and Americans. General tourism and beach holidays are still prohibited, but many U.S travel companies and tour operators offer licensed trips under 12 different categories.

Cuba is home to an array of stunning landscapes and historical sites for international visitors to enjoy, such as miles of pristine beaches, the second largest coral reef in the world, historic towns and cities, ancient ruins, thriving national parks, breathtaking natural scenery, and a tropical climate.


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