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

Cuba, the Greater of the Antilles, a tourist destination in the Caribbean region, shows a sustained expansion of the leisure industry that requires support in infrastructure and personnel for the operation of facilities.

The strategy of increasing the efficiency and quality of service to visitors entails the necessary professionals in the various activities included in the sector.

To fulfill this purpose, operates the system Tourism Training (FORMATUR), which covers some 16 schools throughout the island for the preparation of specialists and managers linked to the recreational sector.

Per year, this system qualifies more than 8,000 students in courses of different types and durations, as well as collaborating on technical aspects with the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) of this archipelago.

Also in Cuba, in addition to these efforts are added the Faculties of Tourism Universities with six high-level centers of its kind in the nation.

In addition, as a complement Hotels Schools operate in Santa Lucia, Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo, Havana and Varadero.

Sirena Beach.
El Comendador Hotel. Façade
El Comendador Hotel. Side street

This system provides basic training courses and languages (English, French, German and Italian), and preparation in middle and senior management.

Their profiles include cuisine, bakery and candy store, canteen, floor management, hotel reception and tourist entertainment, among others.

The reality confirms the importance of the effort, because Cuba received more than two million visitors in the first half of 2016, an increase of 12 percent over the previous year.

In this environment, Canada is maintained in this period as a main tourist-sending country to the island, followed by the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland and Germany, coupled with an increased presence of Americans covered by the licenses granted by the US administration in 12 specific categories.

There are also scheduled flights between the US and Cuba, which creates conditions for greater influx of travelers, to which new links are added from various destinations in the world.

Therefore, a policy that includes the construction of several hotels and other repair in the capital and in other Cuban cities was activated, with which improve the conditions for possible future growth.

The island offers more than 62,000 hotel rooms to which must be added this year about 13,000, with the medium-term goal of reaching 85,000 by 2020.

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 that distinguish it in the region.

The island also has in its favor the architectural heritage provided by the Spanish presence and under European influence that followed the colonial period.

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