Spanish companies selected to develop new Marina Hemingway project in Havana

Posted: 14-Dec-15 15:34

A group of Spanish companies have been selected by Cuban authorities to bid to be part of a new travel compound in Havana. The Marina Hemingway development is estimated to be worth €400 million and will include companies such as Melia Hotels, Pisan Nautica, Insotel Marine, C4T and Estudio 7, and the construction of two new hotels.

Spanish companies selected to develop new Marina Hemingway project in Havana

The Cuban authorities have selected a group of Spanish companies to be part of a new international resort compound in Havana. Melia Hotels, Pisan Nautica, Insotel Marine, C4T and Estudio 7 will bid to join the development of the Marina Hemingway in Havana.

The project will include the construction of two five-star hotels providing 500 guest rooms and suites. The compound will also have an international scuba diving centre, a state-of-the-art marina with an aim to target mainly European and American tourists.

The project will be a joint venture between the winning tender picked from the group of Spanish companies, and a Cuban company.

It will be funded by a loan guaranteed by the international partner, and the finalist firms must come up with a proposal and an investment estimate.

Cuba is seeing some changes following the resumed relations with the United States, and many Americans are planning to travel to the Caribbean island in the near future, many for the first ever time.

President Obama made an announcement last December that the two countries would begin resuming relations and leaders have spent the last few months negotiating the re-establishment of embassies.

In 1961, the United States cut off diplomatic relations with Cuba following Fidel Castro's revolution. The years that followed saw an economic embargo imposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

General tourism and sun holidays to Cuba are still restricted but U.S travellers can travel to the island through people to people programmes and trips in 12 categories organised by tour operators and charter companies in the U.S.

Cuba is an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea, east of Mexico and south of the United States. The communist country is rich in political history and boasts some of the world's most magnificent natural landscapes such as white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and the world's second largest barrier reef.


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