Cuba will host World Tourism Organisation regional meeting in 2016

Posted: 19-Sep-15 11:40

Cuba has been chosen as the venue for the 60th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas, which was convened for May 2016.

Cuba will host World Tourism Organisation regional meeting in 2016

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation will be holding its next meeting in Cuba. The Caribbean island nation has been chosen to host this important event in the framework of the UNWTO General Assembly – an organisation that operates from Medellin, Colombia. The meeting is attended by a delegation from Cuba that is headed by Manuel Marrero, the Tourism Minister for Cuba.

According to a recently published press release, the decision to host the world tourism organisation regional meeting in Cuba is proof of the prestige that Cuba has won among UNWTO member countries.

At the moment Cuba has a large potential to develop in the current scenario of this sector, which has grown by 17 percent so far this year and has been receiving an influx of foreign visitors from the USA and all over the world. Cuba has also attracted the interest of investors from abroad.

In 2014 Cuba reached a record number of traveller arrivals – three million. According to official data that number is expected to double by the end of 2015. More than two million vacationers have already arrived in Cuba from January to August.

This beautiful Cuban nation has a lot to offer as a meeting location as well as a tourist destination. Cuba is well connected by air with more than 50 cities worldwide through 36 different international airlines. These airlines offer flights to the main cities in Cuba, including Santiago de Cuba, Havana, Varadero, Jardines del Rey, Hulgui and Santa Maria Cay.

Cuba is also connected with three cruise terminals, seven international diving centres and thirty nine international marinas. These facilities are all focused on reviving the nautical industry within Cuba. As an exciting Caribbean tourist destination Cuba has 257 national monuments, 253 protected areas, 6 Biosphere Natural Reserves, 13 Wildlife refuges and 7 sites that are declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

At the moment the country has a housing capacity of 63,000 rooms, of which nearly 70 percent are four and five stars. The island will continue to invest and add better and newer hotels in the coming years. It is estimated that by 2020 Cuba will have 85,000 rooms. Cuba continues to improve and strive toward becoming an exciting world tourism and meeting location.


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