Tourist visits to Guardalavaca grow significantly in 2016

Posted: 02-Aug-16 11:14

Guardalavaca, a stunning location in the easternmost part of Cuba has been steadily growing as a tourist destination for the past few years. Experts in the travel field expect this tendency to keep up in 2016 with the arrival of American visitors who will be able to fly in direct commercial flights starting this September.

Tourist visits to Guardalavaca grow significantly in 2016

Cuba’s sparkling beaches, paradisiacal nature, contagious salsa rhythms and warm-hearted people attract visitors from all over the world every year. In 2015, the island broke their record with over 3.1 million tourist arrivals and this growing tendency seems to continue in 2016. Although the capital, Havana, and famous beach hub Varadero are on top of the list for Cuba’s favourite holiday destinations, another breath-taking and tranquil location has been gaining popularity among travellers, Guardalavaca.

An oasis of peace featuring white-sand beaches and beautifully-preserved natural sites, Guardalavaca is receiving more and more guests every year. Situated on the northern shore of Cuba, bordering Bahia de Naranjo (Orange Bay), this destination is the island’s fourth most important tourist hub and boasts some of the best hotels and all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean awarded by Tripadvisor.

Brisas Guardalavaca stands among these prominent hotels and has received several accolades for its great service and all-around facilities, including the Gold Choice award based on the experience of thousands of Canadian travellers. After opening its doors in 1994, this 4-star property comprises 437 rooms in total and maintains a high occupation rate all year round (around 85%). Yaima Suarez, Brisas Guardalavaca commercial director states these are the results of constant work:

“We try to uphold sustainable tourism that is respectful with the surrounding environment (…) and privilege a highly-qualified work force that makes it their task to please others.”

Most travellers who have stayed within its walls strongly agree with Suarez’s affirmation, as 12% to 15% of visitors are returning guests. Clara Sozio, an Italian holidaymaker residing in Canada stated she had visited the island on 50 occasions and had chosen this hotel in Guardalavaca as her destination 47 times. Sozio describes it as her “private paradise”.

Yaime Suarez adds:

“We hope this announcement will be beneficial for everyone. At present the number of US citizens staying at Brisas Guardalavaca is quite low, but we are prepared to receive all kinds of tourists.”

Canadians provide the largest number of tourists travelling to Guardalavaca and the Cuban island in general, with over 1.3 million arrivals in 2015. Tourism authorities hope the number of visitors continues to grow this year, especially with the arrival of American travellers, who will be able to reach the Caribbean nation through direct commercial flights as soon as this September.

Moreover, the commercial director stated that in order to satisfy the growing demand, they were anticipating future investments to widen services and room capacity at the hotel.


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