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Increasing Number of Travelers to Cuba in 2011

During the most recent edition of the International Tourism Fair of Cuba, noted that in less than a decade Cuba has become the third destination in the Caribbean, behind Mexico and the Dominican Republic, despite not having 50 percent of the market issuer to the region, which constitutes the United States.
Cuba’s thriving tourism industry achieved an increase in income in 2011 of 11.9%, when the island received a record 2.7 million tourists.
According to official figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics and Information (Onei), the sector’s revenues last year, despite the global economic crisis, was of 1,738 million pesos convertible local currency is almost at par with the U.S. dollar and circulated internally by the traditional Cuban peso.
The higher revenues were for accommodation, followed by retail trade, food, transportation and recreation.
The ONEI confirmed that last year led Canada tourism source markets to Cuba, followed by Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Russia, Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela, while Russia and Argentina are the countries with the highest growth throughout the year.
These results are permanent points for the challenge of growth that raises the Cuban tourist industry that has been preceded by eight consecutive years with reports of more than 2.5 million vacationers.
The tourism authorities in Cuba confirm the need to increase the competitiveness of the island as a tourist destination, which represents one of the current challenges, and the interest to diversify and extra hotel deals.
Also want to raise the overall quality, offering the best of culture, history and Cuban traditions, with the joy and hospitality that welcomes all people who visit the island of Cuba.
Among the favorite places for visitors stand the Varadero resort, and the cities of Havana, Holguin and cays north of Villa Clara, as Jardines del Rey, Cayo Largo del Sur, Santiago de Cuba, and the beach Santa Lucia in Camaguey Province.
The proposed Cuban tourism, apart from the traditional sun and beach offers packages that involve events, nature walks, sports, culture, history and architecture of the country.
The new strategy of promoting these values along with the sun and beach destinations, as evident in the promotional campaign Authentic Cuba, has been successful Cuban tourism as it is shown that the majority of visitors arrive in Cuba seeking the warmth of the Cubans.
The tourism authorities in Cuba in 2012 expected to receive 2.9 million tourists, also provide for the continuity of communication and marketing actions, in order to position the effective campaign called Authentic Cuba, which shall remain in effect until 2013.
The priorities in this area for 2012 were announced the increase in cruise ship operations and construction of golf courses and the increase in offers boating-related recreation, events and incentives, nature tourism and health.
The sector’s growth includes increasing the capacity of rooms, which reaches 60 thousand rooms. Therefore, in 2012 will be given to the preparations for the start of two five star hotels, one on the beach of Guardalavaca, Holguin, Cayo Coco and the other in the north of Ciego de Avila, where he also executed two.

Hostel Jose Ramon


Hostel Jose Ramon, hostel located in the center of the city of Santa Clara near the spot where the city was founded, Carmen Park, are also very close to central train station of Santa Clara and the Parque Vidal.

Offers independent luxury apartment of 80 square meters including a 40 sqm terrace with roofed areas and the other with chairs and loungers bask.

The apartment has a bedroom room with closet, double bed with bedside tables, air-conditioned, terrace also includes a bathroom with a clothes hanger, hot and cold water springs 24 hours a day. There is a kitchen dining room of 15 square meters with an old dining room set with table for 10 people with an extra refrigerator and a full size kitchen system. Then there is a smaller sleeping area with a single bed for children or adults who wish to sleep separately. For the dining room with access to a beautiful terrace where you can enjoy the most spectacular views of the city of Santa Clara in the four cardinal points.

Hostel Isabel & Pepe


Hostel Isabel & Pepe, colonial hostel in the Pearl of the South located in the center of the city, about three blocks from the Paseo del Prado and the Cienfuegos Boulevard.

Are available for rent two double bedrooms with air conditioning, private bathroom, hot and cold water, mini bar, and a wide terrace where services are provided Cuban cuisine with typical meals, all top quality!. The house has an old housing and furnished in a very colonial.

The house has parking for car and offers laundry services, also provides a comprehensive tourist information about places to see in Cienfuegos.

Goicochea Guesthouse


Goicochea Guesthouse, colonial house built in 1930, with a living area of 100 m2, in good technical condition and fully painted. Located just 5 minutes from the National Bus Terminal (with access to all tourist destinations in Cuba), as well as the Revolution Square and the National Library José Martí.

The house rents two comfortable air-conditioned rooms to holidays travelers in Havana, the two rooms completely independent, with air conditioning, double bed, TV, bathroom with hot and cold water 24 hours, Room No. 1 has a kitchen Fully equipped with utensils, guests can enjoy a beautiful terrace, equipped with tables and chairs as well as grilled specialties.

Guillen & Maritza Guesthouse


Guillen & Maritza Guesthouse, neo-colonial style house located in one of the most central areas of Havana, Vedado, very close to the Colon Cemetery and Revolution Square, places of great attraction for tourists visiting the Havana city.

The house rents two comfortable bedrooms, is located on the first floor, which also makes available to the guest’s room, a terrace, another TV room, dining room, kitchen. The other room is on the second floor where you can enjoy a beautiful terrace overlooking the city and famous and beautiful Malecon.

Guesthouse Jean Pierre

Guesthouse Jean Pierre, the Guesthouse Jean Pierre is located 200 meters from the center of the village of Viñales, in the main street in a quiet place to relax with 100% safety and comfort.
The house offers visitors two comfortable rooms for your accommodation in Viñales, which is situated on the ground floor has a beautiful terrace garden and the second floor has a balcony where you can enjoy wonderful views of Viñales. Both rooms have two double beds, separate bathrooms with hot water central air-conditioning.

In this house you can enjoy the best Cuban Creole food, prepared by a well prepared staff that served in a typical Cuban shack. From the house you can arrange excursions to the Viñales National Park, Cayo Levisa Beach and Cayo Jutia.

Communication between travelers and the owners are very good, as Jean Pierre speaking the English language is also a professional chef and offers cooking classes to whoever wants it. The others can provide guide services and information to organize everything the customer wants. In short, unforgettable, wonderful experience, you will feel at home.

Hostel Mercedes Mauri


Hostel Mercedes Mauri, colonial house located in the historical center of Trinidad, which architecture is kept intact “his high and majestic roofs, his floors, furniture and decoration”.

It offers the opportunity to stay at a house that they are supported faithfully to the colonial epoch in which it was constructed, for which he has two wide and comfortable rooms.

This particular house offers the possibility of family tourism, since they exist 2 rooms with doors link teas, which favors the contact between the relatives, very favorably for children, bearing in mind that a room has 2 beds for a three-quarter bed and personal one, in other one a matrimonial bed, in addition to which both are provided with private baths and access to the garden for the babies. The rooms are spacious, wide one measure more than 7×4 meters, and almost 3 meters high. The house is provided with the safety adapted to lodge children.

Have a restaurant with 2 tables with capacity for 8 persons, and the services of a professional chef.

The travelers enjoy a pleasant stay, where calmness, hospitality and good service are guaranteed.

Hostel Villa Soñada


Villa Soñada, house of colonial style located in the center of the city of Matanzas, restored to create the best conditions of the most demanding tourists who visit. It has an excellent patio where they can be enjoyed the services of breakfasts and dinners or simply listen music sunbathing.

The house rents two wide and comfortable rooms with air conditioning, with all the serviceability for your vacation in Matanzas. A room is a small independent apartment located inside the proper house.

Hostel Autentica Pergola


Hostel Autentica Pergola, located in the historic center of Santa Clara, this house was remodeled in 1906 on the floor of a colonial house that is inserted into the space system of a traditional house in Cuba.

Has extensive interior corridors bordering a courtyard garden with a fountain and a pergola eight columns originating from the time of construction, which serves as a perfect place inside the house to relax and read a book after a long day of tour the city.

Canned floors and ceilings in good condition, also originating at the time, is of interest to visitors the height of the ceiling (6.00 m) with its hand-crafted original designs, according to historians of the city, was the first concrete roof become aware armed in the city of Santa Clara and it is speculated that the marble and steel used in its construction was transported in the same order of the Capitolio Nacional de Cuba.

This charming Cuban family offers travelers two rooms with the comfort and elegance of a modern building in the eclectic way in the first decades of the twentieth century. Both rooms have privacy and overlooking the interior courtyard garden, with chairs and tables enabled for your pleasure and enjoyment, with exotic plants and animals.

Hostel Buen Viaje


Hostel Buen Viaje, located in a colonial house built in 1867 retaining its original style, offers visitors a family environment in an adequate balance of history and contemporaneity.
Rent two double bedrooms with double beds, each with a private bathroom with hot and cold water 24 hours, the rooms have access to an indoor garden decorated with tropical plants, offering tourists a right mix of comfort and elegance. The hostel has wide corridors that surround the garden, furnished with chairs to better enjoy your stay.

The house is located only 150 meters from the Plaza also known as Elizabeth II, is very convenient for those who enjoy the proximity to it, yet calm and detachment from the bustle of traffic, the nightclubs of the square, and bystanders.

Remedios was 8th Villa founded by the Spanish in Cuba, not only treasured myths, legends and carousing, but also valuable architectural treasures, historical and cultural is everywhere. Recognized like national heritage from 1982, it shows between the principal tourist attractions of his historical center the Biggest Parochial Church and the Statue of the Freedom. The town celebrated every year on the dawn of December 25 the oldest traditional festival Cuba: The Parrandas.

During your stay at Hostel Buen Viaje have within reach the pristine beaches of the Keys Santa Maria and Los Ensenachos, the finest in the Caribbean.