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Weekly report on Cuba's tourism industry
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Cuba: Options for Tourism

The private sector in Cuba, present in a wide spectrum of economic activities, functions as a strong factor for the expansion of tourism in the archipelago.

Some 60,000 state hotel rooms are available for international visitors, and the fact that several foreign chains run with the management of the establishments.

Meliá, Accor and Blue Diamond are on a long list of overseas companies who bring their experience and quality of service for Cuba's tourism industry.

Also, some 9,000 rooms are equipped for the lease by the private sector and the growing demand led to the conclusion of agreements between tour operators and landlords.

In this direction they include options present in relevant destinations as Viñales -in the western province of Pinar del Rio- and Trinidad, where the non-state offer has special relevance for tourism.

It is worth mentioning that while renting private homes is practiced since the nineties of the last century, a boom is now seen under the influence of various factors.

Sirena Beach.

In that way, the process of restoration of relations between the mentioned US with Cuba and the substantial increase of air links with foreign countries are crucial.

Air China, Eurowings and Aerolineas Argentinas began operations towards Cuba, together with the return of the Spanish Iberia, the start of Copa Airlines flights towards the center of the country and Interjet to Varadero.

In this scenario excels the Cuban capital rich traditions, architecture, culture and Caribbean climate, complemented by facilities linked to tourism.

About 140 of the buildings located in the historic center of the capital have an origin dating back to the 16th and 17th, another 200 to the 18th, and more than 460 to the 19th, forming thus a mixture full of attractions for discerning tastes.

Indeed, the area is a favorite for visitors when choosing the option of staying in a private home and fully inserted into the daily lives of Cubans.

Meanwhile, nature reserves, biosphere, natural landscapes, national parks and protected areas make up an extensive network of offers characterized by its excellent preservation and unique features in the region.

The warm waters that bathe the Caribbean island give vacationers the opportunities to enjoy nautical activities that accompany traditional sea bathing.

Added to this, the dive has available more than 70,000 kilometers in Cuban insular platform and some 5,000 km of coasts, bathed in turn by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Plus, three dozen specialized centers operating throughout the Caribbean country, with facilities for introductory courses and dive in coral reefs and caverns, all under the strict international standards for that activity.

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