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Cuba Vacationer Board: Prepared for a profitable winter season

The Cuba Vacationer Board welcomed almost 200 journey advisors and trade executives Thursday evening (Oct. 20) at The Treport Weddings and Conference Middle in Toronto to replace the trade on a “new and improved Cuba.”

This included the island’s new promoting marketing campaign, a journey app, a brand new specialist program, new locations, extra flights, and elevated companies.

Unica Cuba Night time, the vacationer board’s first stay occasion in three years, started with a commerce present, the place journey advisors had the chance to satisfy with fourteen main Canadian tour operators, airways, and resort companions together with Air Canada Holidays, Barcelo Lodge Group, Be Reside Inns, Blue Diamond Resorts, Gaviota Lodge Group, Gran Caribe Inns, Hola Solar, Kempinski Inns, Melia Inns Worldwide, MGM Muthu Inns, Sirenis Inns, Sunwing Holidays, Swoop, and Transat.

The night continued with dinner and a presentation that includes stay music from cuba salsa and dancers from Cuba who gave friends a style of Cuban rhythms.


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excessive hopes

“It is a phenomenal, superb night,” Lessner Gomez, director of the Cuba Vacationer Board in Toronto, instructed the viewers. “The nation is rising higher and improved, fashionable and sustainable, able to obtain Canadians for an additional profitable winter season.”

As a part of his due to the journey commerce, Gomez shared that Canadian arrivals have been on the rise in Cuba this 12 months, totaling 340,876 to this point, and the winter season is anticipated to carry out equally to 2019.

Lessner Gomez, director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto (Pax Global Media)

In an interview with paxGomez shared that Cuba used the final two years to enhance the vacationer infrastructure, together with renovating many resort properties.

As of early this 12 months, Cuba lifted all COVID journey restrictions, and excursions and evening leisure have resumed. The nation is open and all amenities are absolutely purposeful, Gomez mentioned.

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Gomez shared with pax that the tourism board is presently seeing over 100 flights per week from Canada to Cuba and expects this to extend additional with continued commerce assist.

“It is crucial to thank our Canadian tour operators and airways for the assist and onerous work that they’ve given to Cuba throughout this tough time, particularly our journey brokers,” he mentioned.

Gomez specifically cited the efforts to increase airlift post-pandemic by Air Canada Vacations, Hola Sun/Caribe Sol with OWG Airlines, Sunwing, Transat, and Westjet.

Swoop Airlines will begin its seasonal, non-stop service between Toronto and Varadero on January 11, 2023.

Improving Wi-Fi

Among the many greatest enchancment across the island is the Wi-Fi and web service. Gomez shared with pax that to this point, Wi-Fi infrastructures have been put in place at almost 85 per cent of the accommodations in Cuba.

Presently, over 347 accommodations provide free Wi0Fi entry of their resort foyer, swimming pool areas, in addition to in some rooms. There’s additionally free WiFi in many of the VIP sections of the airport.

By the top of 2023, 100 per cent web connectivity is more likely to be achieved, based on the tourism board.

Foreign money modifications

Gomez up to date the viewers on modifications to the island’s forex, the place the CUC has been taken out of circulation and fee can now be made within the resort areas with debit or with Visa bank cards (no money).

Pre-paid playing cards can be found at most accommodations and vacationer institutions in Cuba for guests who shouldn’t have bank cards.

Vacationers solely want the Cuban peso (CUP) in the event that they journey exterior the vacationer zones. They’ll alternate their Canadian {dollars} for CUP at airports, banks, accommodations, and alternate homes (CADECAS).

Advance journey data web site

The Cuba Vacationer Board says that passengers’ arrival in Cuba could get simpler.

By utilizing the new D’VIAJEROS web sitepassengers will have the ability to fill out the well being affidavit and customized declaration 48 hours earlier than arrival, which is able to make the airport course of extra environment friendly.

Vacationer playing cards are nonetheless distributed on airplanes. Nonetheless, Lessner hinted this may change quickly.

New locations & accommodations

This winter, new locations and resort openings are provided in numerous areas throughout the nation, together with:

Holguín

  • El Tesoro del Atlantico Lodge by Gaviota Lodge Group would be the first resort to open in a brand-new vacation spot referred to as El Ramon de Antilla Peninsula. This space is understood for its secluded seashores and shut proximity to the Alejandro de Humboldt Nationwide Park, and the pure protected areas of Pinares de Mayari and Cayo Saetia.

Jardines del Rey space (served by Cayo Coco airport)

  • Gran Aston Paredon Lodge by Aston Inns is a brand-new island that simply opened, nestled between Cayo Coco and Cayo Cruz, about half an hour from Cayo Coco airport, the place friends can get pleasure from that pristine, spectacular seashore that Cuba is understood for, laidback ambiance and water sports activities.

Havana

  • Tea Mystic Regis Havana by Royalton Inns

Varadero

  • Sol Caribe Seaside by Melia Cuba Inns with 393 rooms.

Trinidad Cuba

  • At Ancon seashore, the five-star Melia Trinidad Peninsula by Melia Cuba Inns will add 400 rooms to the vacation spot of Trinidad.

Cayo Largo vacation spot

  • On Nov 4, an enhanced Cayo Largo vacation spot will reopen for Canadian travellers. All accommodations might be managed by Blue Diamond Resortsand they are going to be absolutely renovated and prepared for the winter season.
  • David Wrightdirector of gross sales, Ontario and Atlantic Canada for sunwing shared with pax the corporate’s pleasure to have eleven accommodations on the island starting from large-scale properties to smaller villa-type lodging. Sunwing might be serving Cayo Largo with direct flights from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec Metropolisand Halifaxextra flights from Toronto and Montreal beginning November 4, 2022.
  • Apart from providing probably the most stunning seashores in Cuba, Cayo Largo presents a wide range of water sports activities together with snorkeling from shore, fishing, scuba diving to get pleasure from coral reefs and wrecks, catamaran cruises, and extra.
  • The tourism board suggests those that wish to see extra of Cuba and go to the mainland can take excursions to Havana, which is a 35-minute flight away.

Journey Specialist Certification program

It was additionally introduced {that a} hybrid Cuba Journey Specialist certification program might be launched in 2023.

After efficiently finishing this system, journey advisors will get pleasure from the next advantages:

  • Certificate of graduation as a Cuba Specialist presented personally by the Ministry of Tourism of Cuba
  • VIP on arrivals and departures at all airports in Cuba
  • VIP invitation to most FAM TRIP by Cuba Tourist Board
  • Free upgrade at all hotels in Cuba
  • Discount on local excursions while visiting Cuba
  • Annual recognition to the top seller to Cuba with a one-week all-inclusive vacation prize
  • Top sellers Agents will be listed at www.gocuba.ca

Tourist guide App

A new app was also announced. It is expected to be released at the end of 2022. 

This app serves as a tourist guide for clients and travel consultants to find out more about Cuba’s different destinations. With this application, they can build their itinerary, reserve tours, hotels, and other services, and make other reservations.

Unica Cuba

Launched earlier this year, the tourism board shared that a new marketing campaign will be in full swing by the end of the year.

Unica Cuba promotes the nation’s uniqueness, distinctive tradition, historical past, traditions, seashores, nature, security, and most significantly, its distinctive folks as one of the best ambassadors of Cuban tourism.

All through the marketing campaign, Cuba goals to point out the way it combines custom with modernity and is a heat and welcoming nation for worldwide vacationers and enterprise vacationers.

Gomez concluded: “Unica due to the Cuban folks; the Cuban persons are those that make Cuba Unica.”

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