Cuba to welcome seven new hotels in 2017

Posted: 20-Mar-17 09:07

Eloy Govea, Cuba’s Tourist Board Director for Canada, recently gave an exclusive interview to TravelWeek Canada in which he revealed that seven new hotels would be opening islandwide in Cuba this year, out of which two would be located in Cayo Guillermo, two in Santa Maria, one in Havana, one in Varadero and another one in Holguin. Read on to find out the names of the new properties opening soon and the hotel chains behind them.

Cuba to welcome seven new hotels in 2017

During an interview with TravelWeek Canada, Cuba’s Tourist Board Director for Canada, Eloy Govea gave a list of the seven new hotels to be opening across the island in 2017, noting that expansion plans for Cuba’s tourism industry will go beyond 2017 with more hotels in the pipeline for the next 12 to 13 years.

Citing Canada as a big driver of these expansion plans given the growing number of Canadians who visit Cuba each year, Mr. Govea explained:

“The Cuban tourism industry is in expansion mode. Canada has a lot to do with that. It’s the number one destination to Cuba. For six consecutive years, it has been sending over a million visitors, most of them staying for seven days or more.”

This, together with the growth in new markets like the U.S. (43,000 American visitors made it to Cuba in January 2017, up 125 per cent over last year’s figure in the same month) has led to a vital need of enhancing the island’s tourism infrastructure, to better accommodate the increasing influx of tourists.

To this end, Govea announced that seven new hotels would be springing up in five popular holiday Cuban destinations in 2017, with the vast majority of these being beach resorts. The list, which was read in a random order features a hotel that is just about to open. Here I proceed to list them in the order that we believe they will open given certain clues that have been dropped here and there.

  1. Iberostar Bella Vista Varadero (nearly ready, opening on 1st April 2017)
  2. Sercotel Cayo Santa Maria (in Cayo Las Brujas, scheduled for summer 2017)
  3. Gran Hotel Kempinski Manzana La Habana (expected to open by October 2017 at the very latest)
  4. Angsana Cayo Santa Maria (scheduled to open on 1st December 2017)
  5. Catalonia Cayo Guillermo (expected to open some time in 2017)
  6. Grand Muthu Cayo Guillermo (expected to open some time in 2017)
  7. Iberostar Holguin (expected to open some time in 2017)

As can be seen no exact timeline has been given for the last three resorts and online searches don’t shed much light into when we can expect them to open this year, but my guess is, the closer they get to completion the more news that will start circulating on their imminent opening.

Beyond these seven listed by Eloy Govea, and according to research conducted for a previous post I wrote about the Top 7 new Cuba hotels opening in 2017 and beyond, there are a couple more in the pipeline that could also open this year; the Centara Grand Beach Resort Cayo Guillermo, and the Hotel Packard in Havana, which would round up the figure of new Cuba hotels in 2017 to ten.

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