First Cuban ambassador in Singapore has big plans for Cuba travel promotion

Posted: 03-Dec-15 14:04

Cuba's first ever envoy to Singapore, Roberto Blanco Dominguez is still getting settled in but he has big plans regarding trade and cultural exchange between the two countries. He hopes to facilitate the construction of hotels in Cuba by Banyan Tree.

First Cuban ambassador in Singapore has big plans for Cuba travel promotion

The Cuban ambassador to Singapore, Roberto Blanco Dominguez is excited. He is the first ever resident Cuban ambassador to the Asian island following the recent signing of an agreement between the two countries' foreign ministers.

His stint in Singapore however won't be the first diplomatic post Dominguez has held. Now in is 60s, he has previously served in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Ethiopia in a distinguished career. But the ambassador is nevertheless thrilled at the prospect of pioneering and establishing a Cuban presence in the country.

"The timing is perfect... Singapore is an important country in the region and it is a logical move to expand and cement our presence here."

Mr Blanco Dominguez said. Since July he and his team have been hard at work setting up the new embassy at King's Centre along Havelock Road and it will be opened today.

However, Dominguez admits that he misses the flavours of home. He recently tried the offerings of a restaurant in Chinatown and found that they tasted nothing like how they do back in Cuba. For this reason he has been in talks with the Singaporean business community to figure out a way of bringing authentic Caribbean and Cuban cuisine to Asia.

As part of the business exchange, Dominguez is hoping that the number of visitors to Cuba from Singapore will increase though he noted there numbers are already climbing slowly. This upward trend is in part thanks to the recent mending of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba.

With a view to achieving this aim, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts has joined forces with the Cuban tourism group to construct and run four hotels in Cuba. The space is certainly there - Cuba's land mass is more than 100 times that of Singapore. And Cuba's unique cultural and historic attractions are well documented.

Dominguez will be hoping the recent visit by K. Shanmugam to Cuba and that of the Singaporean premier Lee HsienLoong in 2009 will give his trade moves added impetus. On top of this the Cuban ambassador will be hoping that he will soon have somewhere in Singapore to enjoy a plate of black beans or plantain chips like they're done in Cuba.


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