Cuban Minister of Tourism Optimist on Sector’s Performance
By Mercy Ramos
Manuel Marrero, Minister of Tourism of Cuba, inaugurated the 39th International Tourism Fair (FITCUBA) 2019, whose opening took place at the Havana Convention Center.
At the ceremony, the head of the sector highlighted the progress of tourism in the largest of the Antilles and expressed optimism about the planned achievement of some five million foreign visitors who are expected to travel to Cuba this year.
The colonial fortress Morro Cabaña of the Cuban capital is the venue of the Fair, with the participation of tour operators, travel agencies and specialized press from some 40 countries.
He also said that Canada continues to be the main emitter of tourists to the island, which in the past year recorded more than one million visitors, 23 percent of total foreign vacationers who arrived in the country.
He spoke extensively about the development program that the country foresees for the coming years in the sector, both in terms of hotel and extra-hotel facilities, which will result in an improvement of the Cuban tourist product.
Marrero also referred to the policy of the sector in terms of improving and expanding the promotion of the benefits, beauties and offers that the country makes available to visitors, which should help to increase the number of foreign vacationers who prefer the destination Cuba.
The Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, María Reyes Maroto, invited guest of honor, also spoke at the opening ceremony. She highlighted the strong economic-commercial links that exist between both countries, one of the main investors. in the Cuban tourist sector.
The ceremony was also attended by Reynaldo García, President of the Provincial Assembly of the People’s Power of Havana and other local government officials, as well as members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Cuba.
During this 39th edition of FITCUBA, the products of some 40 suppliers will be exhibited. Nationals and foreigners who pay taxes to the tourism sector and exhibited new information and communications technologies, because the sector is expected to extend the Wi-Fi connection to all hotel facilities and recreational centers of Cuba. This important venue closing on May 11, is dedicated especially to the Cuban capital, which will mark the 500th anniversary of its foundation next November 16th.