Cuba Fosters More Tourism despite US Obstacles

Havana, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuba aspires to continue to develop the tourism industry, despite the obstacles imposed by the US economic, financial and commercial blockade of the Caribbean island.

The information was provided during the check-up meeting of that industry, headed by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, at which participants discussed the potentialities and challenges of the sector, which is called to be the driving force of the Cuban economy. Participants learned that Cuban tourism aspires by 2030 to have 252 new hotels, with 68 enlargement projects and 90 to increase the category, Juventud Rebelde newspaper reported.

About 54 camping sites, 32 nautical centers and marinas as a result of restoration and enlargement projects, naval workshops, and an International Diving Center, are also on the list of priorities.

Plans also include 13 real estate development projects associated with golf courses (with 15,000 real estate units), 42 recreation and adventure projects; and more than 100 logistic projects, mainly improvements in capabilities and technological equipment.

Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero said that the construction of 2,081 hotel rooms were completed this year, totaling 72,965 rooms in late June.

President Diaz-Canel stressed that tourism, in addition to being an important contributor to the economy, is also a bridge. With each tourist who visits us, the clauses of the imperial blockade are broken, he added.


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