Havana, Sep 17 (EFE) .- The Spanish chain Meliá announced this Friday that 18 of the 32 hotels it manages in Cuba will operate again on November 15 in the context of the gradual reopening planned on the Caribbean island for that date.
The Meliá Habana, Tryp Habana Libre hotels (in the Cuban capital) and others located in the resort of Varadero (Matanzas), the provinces Cienfuegos, Holguín and the keys will open their doors after months closed to the public due to the restrictions of the pandemic, reported the company on Twitter.
Those will join those who provide services today, the information added.
In its 2020 management report, Meliá explained that, of the 35 hotels in Cuba with 14,781 rooms that it had in its portfolio at the end of 2019, at the end of 2020 it had 32 establishments and 13,916 rooms.
According to their accounts, the income obtained in Cuba fell 84% in 2020, and 60% of its hotels remained closed for much of the year due to the pandemic.
Foreign companies operate most of the state hotels in Cuba through management contracts. The Spanish Meliá, Iberostar and Barceló manage 70% of the rooms on the island.
Cuba plans to gradually reopen its borders as of November 15, when it expects that more than 90% of its 11.2 million inhabitants will have received the three-dose schedule of anticovid vaccines created by scientific institutions on the island. .
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 in flights from the United States, Mexico, Panama, Bahamas, Haiti, Republic Dominican and Colombia.
Before the pandemic, tourism represented the second official source of foreign exchange income in Cuba – only behind the sale of professional services abroad – and contributed around 10% of the Gross Domestic Product.