Cuba challenges pandemic and arranges tourist events

Havana, Dec 18 (Latin Press) Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) on Friday presented the 2021-2022 Calendar of Events, emphasizing that the country is fighting Covid-19 through strict health protocols and making efforts to recover the upward spiral of travel.

Dalila Alba Gonzalez, MINTUR’s general deputy director of marketing, presented the calendar to the press in the 1930 hall of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

She said that in the case of 2021, there will be 181 international and national events, with foreign participation, and captured venues (global meetings that select this scenario). In the case of 2022, there are 65 calls at the same level.

In 2021, for example, 22 events are listed for sports, 21 for education, 20 for health and 17 for tourism, among many other areas and meetings scheduled for next year.

Precisely, Alba ratified the 40th International Tourism Fair (FITCuba 2021), which was postponed due to the epidemiological situation, from May 3rd to 8th, in Varadero beach.

FITCuba will be dedicated to Sun and Beach products, and Russia will be the guest of honor.

The deputy director explained that many events will be virtual or combined meetings (face-to-face and online), although the ones requiring the participants’ presence will be essential in many cases.

The executive highlighted that the MINTUR promotes congresses, meetings and incentive trips known technically as MICE, a purpose already mentioned by the authorities previous the pandemic.

In 2022, the advances bring as examples 27 meetings related to science and technology, and 24 to education.

She certified that the calendar can be downloaded at www.cuba.travel, which also includes information on venues and scenarios for such meetings. She confirmed that the MINTUR proposes those meetings based on a rigorous safety and health protocol, agreed with Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health, to protect both participants and organizational staff.

Cuba has over 72,000 rooms in about 300 hotels, and before the pandemic it surpassed the attention of four million foreign visitors per year. Since July 1st, the country has been opened to international tourism.

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