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Cuba: Tourism and Havana Cigars

The Cuban leisure industry, immersed in a solid scenario of expansion in recent months, relies on unique proposals that are of interest to thousands of visitors each year.

In that direction they include the traditional annual Havana Cigar festivals, dedicated to the excellent cigars manufactured in the island from a tobacco considered by the experts as the best one of the planet.

In the edition of 2017, the event will have the brands H. Upmann, Montecristo and Quai D'Orsay as the leading roles, with unique greenery for the delight of puff lovers.

Although it is currently cultivated in almost all the provinces of the country, the best land for this activity on the island is located in the western territory of Pinar del Río - especially the Vueltabajo area - considered the source of the best tobacco in the world.

A perfect combination of soils, climate and humidity gives rise to a product that is qualified by the experts as exclusive in the world for its aroma, color, texture and flavor, all indispensable when preparing the famous cigars of the island that face so much demand among the most select clientele.

The cigar industry on the island has for the most demanding tastes a wide gain of about four dozen brands and more than 700 leafs, all of high quality.

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The fine Vegas of the western province of Pinar del Río contribute almost all the layers used for the outer wrapping of the cigar, subject to the end of a process that can last more than a year to about 190 operations before ending in the hands of a smoker.

The preparation of a cigar represents for its creator a true work of art, worked all the time manually, and starts from the chosen one, where the leaves are selected by their size and class and according to the specific characteristics of each tobacco or wine.

According to specialists the secret of a good tobacco is in a perfect bond, where they combine in the proportion due leaves blown, dry and light.

Its increasing acceptance gave rise to the emergence of facilities specially designed for the enjoyment of excellent foliage and the conservation of the product in ideal conditions.

In this last aspect comes to play the art of specialized cabinet makers, responsible for making up with select wood humidors where the cigars protect themselves from changes in the environment and maintain the aroma and flavor that elevates them to the category of treasures for their owners.

From the historical point of view, the Spanish crown granted the approval to the cultivation of the tobacco by means of royal certificate of 1614 and also assumed the monopoly of its commercialization in 1740, with the emergence of the Real Company of Commerce of Havana, beginning of the first and most important industries of the island.

Cuba sells in more than 100 countries from all continents around 34 premium tobacco brands.

For these purposes, the island has 45 companies (16 agricultural, eight agro industrial, 10 of twisted tobacco, four of cigarettes and seven of services and marketing).

The country's tobacco system involves around 200,000 workers, including the relatives of the producers who support the harvest.

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