Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cuba Aims It Will Have 110,000 Tourist Rooms For 2030

Cuba Aims It Will Have 110,000 Tourist Rooms For 2030 / 14ymedio
Posted on June 26, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 23 June 2015 – Those who want to reserve a room today
in a hotel in Varadero, Cayo Coco or other tourist areas hear frequent
warnings of "it's full" or "there are few rooms." The increase in
international tourism in the first quarter of the year, coupled with
greater summer season demand by Cubans on the island, is forcing
authorities in the tourist industry to plan an increase in lodging that
could reach 110,000 rooms by 2030.

Experts gathered in Havana at the 10th International Seminar on
Journalism and Tourism, being held at the Jose Marti International
Journalism Institute, also addressed the importance of foreign
investment in the sector.

At the meeting on Monday, the Ministry of Tourism's business director,
Jose Daniel Alonso, delved into the details of "The 101 new business
opportunities for the expansion and diversification of infrastructure,"
in hotels, included in the portfolio of opportunities directed to
foreign investors, according to the official press.

Alonzo stressed the strengthening of investments in the southern area of
Cienfuegos-Trinidad, north of Camaguey, Las Tunas and Holguin, although
he did not rule out the possibility of making investments in other
regions. The official said that by 2020 it is expected that 85,000 rooms
will be completed and by 2030 the projected number is 110,000.

The facilities for deep sea diving and nautical recreation, as well as
city tours and nature tourism are among the options Alonso described
with "great untapped potential." He also addressed real estate
investment associated with tourism, which with the implementation of 13
projects expected by 2020, all of them under the new regulations of the
Foreign Investment Act.

The event was attended by 70 industry professionals from 12 countries,
including the United States, Ecuador, Colombia, Italy, Panama, Chile,
Peru, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. This seminar is held
annually under the auspices of the Cuban Journalists Union and with the
participation of the tourist press circle.

Source: Cuba Aims It Will Have 110,000 Tourist Rooms For 2030 / 14ymedio
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