The 31st International Tourism Fair (FITCUBA), held in May in Havana, was the ideal place to present Issue 18 of Cubaplus. Speaking at the presentation, Cubaplus Director Dominic Soave emphasized the importance of the magazine for the Canadian market, its target audience, since it is the only magazine about Cuba circulating in Canada.
Soave strongly praised the collaboration of Prensa Latina Latin American News Agency, co-publisher in the nearly fi ve years that the magazine has been produced, stating that without this valuable support it would have been impossible to have the magazine we have today.
The presentation took place at the stand of the Paradiso Travel Agency in the Morro-Cabaña fairgrounds, together with a short performance by Cuban singers Sory and María Victoria.
The fair was dedicated to Havana as a tourist region, to Mexico as guest country, and to multi destinations as a tourist option.
During the fi ve-day event, tourism professionals were updated on the latest sector eff orts in line with the continuous perfecting of Cuban tourism.
Simultaneous with the negotiations and exchanges between Cuban tourism authorities and their foreign partners, a group of tour operators and travel agents attending the fair toured Havana to assess the potential of various products.
The press invited to the event visited several tourist institutions in the Cuban capital, Pinar del Rio Province and the Varadero resort, as well as the network of keys north of Vila Clara, near the centre of the island. The stay at the keys included a visit to Santa Clara and Remedios.
A noteworthy happening at this FITCUBA was the new Guinness record set for the longest cigar in the world, with a 268.3 foot long cigar rolled by experienced cigar maker José Castelar Cueto.
The next edition of FITCUBA will be held from May 8th to 11th, 2012 in the charming Cayo Santa Maria in northern Villa Clara Province.