Cuba Set to Build over 3,800 Guestrooms in 2019
As part of an ambitious Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) development plan through 2030, this year around 3,805 hotel rooms should be completed across Cuba, with another 5,000 to be renovated and improved.
Currently, according to José R. Daniel Alonso, Mintur’s general director of development, investment by Cuban state enterprises and international companies are geared towards expanding lodging capacity.
Alonso said, “We are doing so in important tourist poles like Varadero, where there is investment by the Almest furniture enterprise and Mintur’s real estate company, Inmotur. In this case, we can mention the Oasis and Varadero Internacional hotels. Meanwhile, in this destination, other investment projects are in the preparation stage.”
New facilities are being built in the center of the country. For creating diverse range of tourist options across the island and taking advantage of its natural potential, Cuban investments are also being made for new hotels on the Ramón Peninsula and in Guardalavaca, Holguín. Also, the development of a tourist pole on Camagüey’s Cayo Cruz is planned by the Ministry for reaching the capacity projected for 2030.
Alonso said, “We are re-evaluating our strategies, because urban, patrimonial, and cultural products are increasingly in demand, and we must balance this with the product for which we are recognized worldwide, that is that of sun and sand. This balance must function so people can enjoy the sun and the beach, as well as our culture, and all that colonial towns offer, including Havana, which will soon reach its 500th anniversary, and which is very attractive around the world.”
Another issue that needs to be addressed is connectivity. The Ministry of Tourism, along with the Ministry of Communications, is carrying out a national development plan for getting hundred percent Wi-Fi coverage in all tourist facilities.