Starwood will be first U.S hotel group to open hotels in Cuba since 1959

Posted: 23-Mar-16 16:34

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has become the first U.S hotel company to sign a multi-millions dollar deal for a hotel development in Cuba since 1959. The hotel company will manage two luxury hotels in the capital Havana, and it has signed a letter of intent to open a third property on the Caribbean island.

Starwood will be first U.S hotel group to open hotels in Cuba since 1959

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has become the first hotel group in the United States to sign a deal for a multi-million dollar hotel investment in Cuba since 1959.

The hotel company signed a deal to manage and market two hotels in Havana, the capital of Cuba, as well as a letter of intent for a third property on the island following a decades-long embargo.

The Chief of Latin American operations for Starwood, Jorge Giannattasio, said the deals included a:

"...multimillion-dollar investment to bring the hotels up to our standards."

The two hotels that Starwood will operate in Havana include the military-owned Gaviota 5th Avenue Hotel under its Four Points Sheraton brand, and the state-owned Gran Caribe Inglaterra Hotel under the hotel's group's Luxury Collection brand.

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.

Since December 2014 it was announced that diplomatic relations between the two countries would be resumed, international visitors in Cuba increased by 17 per cent to a record 3.5 million in 2015. The number of Americans visiting the island increased by 77 per cent to 161,000.

Scheduled commercial flights to Cuba will also resume later this year but the ban on general tourism for Americans is still in place and they can travel to the country with tours organised by licensed U.S tour operators under 12 categories such as education, culture, and religion.

Some travel restrictions were eased this week by Obama's administration, and Americans will no longer require special permission to travel to Cuba or use guides when they're there as long as they keep records of their activities for five years.

Located in the Caribbean Sea, south of the Bahamas, Cuba is a tropical island full of beautiful landscapes. Holidaymakers can relax on the beautiful white and golden sand beaches; snorkel and scuba dive along the world's second largest barrier reef; or take tours of the historic cities to embrace the culture of this vibrant nation.

Popular tourist destinations include Varadero, Havana, Cayo Coco, and the Jardines del Rey.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide operates1,270 luxury hotels and resorts across the North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The hotel group's brands include Sheraton, St. Regis, Westin, Le Meridien and Four Points.


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