Havanatur will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018

Posted: 13-Jan-18 10:41

Since it was founded, Havanatur has worked hard to make Cuba an internationally-renowned destination and has been responsible for bringing millions of overseas tourists to the island. Last week, the tour operator celebrated its 39th anniversary and took the occasion to review their most important achievements and discuss their initiatives for the future.

Havanatur will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018

With the pride and satisfaction of having made a name for themselves within the international tourism industry, Havanatur proudly celebrated its 39th anniversary last week. International tour operator and travel agency group, Havantur S.A. has been Cuba’s number one tour operator for decades, working hard to make the island shine as a leisure destination around the globe.

In 2018, the company will celebrate its 40th anniversary. In order to embrace this upcoming date and honour the achievements of the past year, Havanatur representatives recently organised a special gala which took place in the Salon Copa Room of the Habana Riviera Hotel. During the event, Evelyn Guilarte, General Manager declared:

“Throughout the years, we have strengthened our leading position in the Cuban market. With the efficiency of our tour operator networks and the tailored services we provide in order to satisfy the most demanding clients, Havanatur continuously aims at increasing the number of travellers to the island.”

In 39 years of hard work, Havantur has had part in 20 per cent of tourist arrivals to Cuba. In 2017, the company experienced great growth in traveller influx thanks to cruise ship activity coming from the US. Carriers like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Pearl Seas and Viking all operated in Cuba this year, following Carnival, the first company to join Havanatur in May 2016.

In terms of cruise ship activity, Guilarte went on to say:

“By the end of November, Havanatur had provided service to approximately 150,000 passengers, a sum that has represented an important source of income for the country. This corroborates the great potential foreign companies see in Cuba as a cruise destination, thanks to its safe and diverse nature, with emphasis on the hospitality and friendliness of its people.”

Looking to the future, Havanatur has established a set of goals for the upcoming year, including continuing to develop its customer portfolio and working in unison with other countries in the region like Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic. Another priority for the tour operator is increasing tourism influx to the Caribbean by 20 per cent, through marketing strategies that seek to highlight the natural beauty and cultural richness of every destination.

Moreover, Havanatur is looking to continue securing its position as the island’s number one tour operator by bringing over 750,000 visitors in 2018. Guilarte added:

“We are immersed in reengineering our current products by creating new options and circuits that show the best the island has to offer. We are looking to widen our tourism packages, update our service portfolio and renew our products so that we can guarantee the quality and diversity required by the most demanding clients who have made it to Cuba through Havanatur.”

Confirmed as the key Cuba specialist, Havanatur boasts several offices in 12 different countries. At the end of the ceremony, Guilarte took a moment to thank hotel and airline staff, transport companies, specialised press and all those who have made it possible for Havanatur to strengthen its position as the number one tour operator in the Cuban market.


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