Havana, Sep 21 (EFE) .- The Spanish chain Iberostar announced on Tuesday that it will reopen 16 of the 17 hotels it operates in Cuba and will open another facility in Cayo Cruz between November and January 2022, in the context of the reopening of borders of the Caribbean country.
Iberostar’s Marketing Director in Havana, Alexei Torres, told the press that the new stage will maintain health protocols and incorporate a medical and epidemiological team in each hotel, among other measures.
He also announced the opening of the Coral Level Esmeralda hotel in Cayo Cruz, located in the Jardines del Rey archipelago in the north of the Camagüey province (center), and the inaugural flight tomorrow Wednesday of his World2Fly airline to connect Madrid and Havana.
Iberostar thus joins the Spanish company Meliá – both based in Palma de Mallorca – which will also reopen its hotels in Cuba in November, when the massive vaccination against covid-19 is expected to be advanced.
The company has managed hotels since 1993 in Havana, Cayo Largo del Sur, Varadero, Trinidad and the northern keys of the central provinces Villa Clara and Ciego de Ávila.
It operates in conjunction with the Spanish Meliá and Barceló 70% of the rooms in state hotels on the island through management contracts.
The Caribbean country suspended commercial and charter flights in April 2020 to stop the expansion of the coronavirus and in October of that year it reopened the airports, but with a minimal reduction of flights from the United States, Mexico, Panama, Bahamas, Haiti, Republic Dominican and Colombia.
Before the pandemic, tourism represented for Cuba the second official source of foreign currency income only behind the sale of professional services abroad and contributed around 10% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Cuba received 225,417 foreign tourists and travelers from January to May, almost two million less than in the same period of 2020, according to the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI).