Wi-Fi becomes available in all Melia hotels in Cuba

Posted: 22-Aug-16 13:08

After investing a generous amount on improving services, Spanish hotel emporium, Melia, just announced that every single one of their Cuban properties now comprises Wi-Fi hotspots. In a country where Internet access is limited, this news come as a true perk for travellers who choose to stay any Melia hotel in the island.

Wi-Fi becomes available in all Melia hotels in Cuba

One of the most successful and extensive hotel chains in Cuba, Melia hotels is recognised on a worldwide scale for its fine services, beautiful properties and convenient facilities. As tourism increases in the island, the emporium decided to invest on improving the quality of its services within each one of its Cuban properties, specifically regarding Internet access.

As a bold and pioneering move, Melia has installed Wi-Fi hotspots in every single Cuban hotel. A statement on their official website reads:

“At Melia the quest for excellence is a permanent challenge. As part of the constant renovation of our product and the services we offer, all of Melia hotels in Cuba now feature Wi-Fi hotspot areas, providing easier Internet access for all of our clients.”

Internet in Cuba is of difficult access with limited bandwidth. Due to lack of funding, the US embargo and high costs, Internet in the island stagnated since its introduction in the late 1990s. However, this situation began to slowly improve in recent years. While the Internet is still illegal in private homes, government-owned internet cafes offer Internet access. Moreover, just last year, the Cuban government opened the first public Wi-Fi hotspots in 35 public locations and also reduced prices and increased speeds of this service at state-run cybercafes.

This transformation in Melia hotels puts it ahead of the game, as lack of Internet access is what many tourists complain about during their visit to Cuba. As Melia’s income from Cuban properties increased, doubling their profits over the first half of 2016, the Spanish hotel chain put it all to good use, after racking up 14 million euros from their Cuban properties between January and June. The clearest example comes in the form of the Melia Cohiba hotel in Havana, which widened its free Wi-Fi access to the entire hotel, a perk that was only available in the luxury sections like Royal Service and The Level.

Melia Hotels International, S.A. (formerly Sol Melia) was founded by Gabriel Escarrer Julia in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca. This company is one of Spain's largest domestic operators of holiday resorts and the seventeenth biggest hotel chain worldwide. In Cuba, Melia boasts over 27 properties under the following brands: Sol, Tryp, Melia and Paradisus. Thanks to the technological investments made by this Spanish giant in 2016, and the effort they’ve put into elevating their quality standards, Melia Cuba has taken a massive step as one of the leading tourism enterprises in the island.


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