Hotel Nacional de Cuba honoured at the "travel Oscars"

Posted: 28-Sep-16 10:02

The Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which is one of the most famous hotels on the Caribbean island, has scooped an award at the much-lauded World Travel Awards. Beating Florida, Iberostar, Parque Central, Melia Cayo Coco and Melia Cohiba to the title of Best Hotel in Cuba, the trophy is another accolade in the hotel’s growing number of awards.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba honoured at the "travel Oscars"

According to a report on both Cubasi and Cuba Headlines, which deals with Cuba news, breaking news concerning the country, articles and other information, one of the most famous hotels on the island has been awarded the Best Hotel of Cuba trophy, something that may not surprise many people.

The competition among hotels in Cuba is only becoming fiercer as the country opens up to greater numbers of visitors – many of which are set to come from the U.S. thanks to improved transport links, reduced travel and trade restrictions, and ongoing interest in visiting the country. As more visitors are booking trips, there is obviously an increased demand for hotel options, leading to more openings.

The Hotel Nacional de Cuba, the address that has won the coveted prize, is 85 years old, and currently operated by the Gran Caribe chain. Among the other nominees were Florida, Iberostar, Parque Central, Melia Cayo Coco and Melia Cohiba. The World Travel Awards themselves recognise only the best of the absolute best from across the planet, and are widely considered to be the Oscars of the tourist industry.

Other winning brands in the Cuban categories were Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort & Spa (Cuba’s Leading Resort), and Paradisus de Oro Resort & Spa (Cuba’s Leading Spa Resort). Meanwhile, Jamaica came out on top in terms of the Caribbean’s best overall destination, also picking up Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction (Dolphin Cove), Leading Airport and Airport Lounge (Sangster Airport and Club Mobay) Leading All Suite, Leading Boutique Hotel, and leading Boutique Resort (Jamaica Inn, Rockhouse Hotel, and GoldenEye respectively). Caribbean Airlines was ranked number one in the region.

North America, on the other hand, saw Delta come out on top of its airlines, and New York dominate both the Boutique and Business Hotel categories (Indigo Lower East Side and InterContinental Barclay). Hawaii, perhaps unsurprisingly, came out best in the Beach Destinations (Maui), Orlando for City Break Destination, and DoubleTree by Hilton’s Hotel & Spa Napa Valley-American Canyon.

With such high standards of entry, the competition is unsurprisingly judged by outright experts in their fields, with particular focus played on the nominees’ ability to meet specific requirements demanded by their region. After all, no two places are the same, and therefore judging them as so would be missing the very reason why travelling is so fascinating, and addictive. Digressions aside, this represents a major achievement for both Cuban tourism in general, and, of course, the Gran Caribe hotel chain. It’s also another sign of Cuba’s ability to compete on an international level against some of the biggest players in the game, something that is likely to prove vital as the next few years unfold. 


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