The two thousand participants from 40 countries, and nearly 200 journalists from the same number of backgrounds, agree in their formal and informal dialogues on the brightness of this meeting, and the promising future for Cuba of its travel industry.
That’s why for almost everyone the most important thing about this meeting are its negotiations, the information it provides and the optimism with which the authorities of the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) of the island perform.
This criterion is simply the synthesis of what this journalist talked about with participants during the FITCuba sessions and, above all, in the collateral trips to different points of interest.
Several of these groups visited areas of the western Cuban province of Pinar del Río, and green areas corresponding to Havana itself, now the center of much attention for its 500 years of foundation (November 16).
But the most forceful of such approximations is in the data that the officials spread in the appointment, without fear of answering any of the questions of the visitors.
These details are significant especially at a time when Washington’s economic and commercial pressures against Havana are intensifying, and its attacks against tourism have become an important item on that agenda, after more than 50 years of blockade.
On the other hand, during FITCuba the Canadian chain Blue Diamond signed two contracts with the Cuban group Gran Caribe for the administration of a hotel that will be located in Cayo Coco, and another one in the Varadero islands.
The installation in Cayo Coco (Jardines del Rey, in the north of the central province of Ciego de Avila) will have 380 rooms, and in the case of Varadero there will be 450 rooms.
With these businesses, Blue Diamond reinforces its already numerous presence in the tourist industry of the Island, a sector considered strategic for the development of the national economy.
But there is much more, because Mintur’s portfolio of foreign investment opportunities makes 103 projects available to international companies.
It includes the list of 14 contracts for the management and marketing of services in marinas and recreational parks. The portfolio last October, noted 170 projects.
There are currently 19 foreign chains (from 10 nations) operating in Cuba that manage 65 percent of the country’s rooms through 97 hotel management and marketing contracts.
Therefore, with such information, the experts consider that the negotiations and the attention to Cuban tourism classify as the best of FITCuba 2019.