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Posted February 02, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Vacation

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The construction of a Museum of Tourism in the Cuban capital’s Centro Habana neighborhood —traditionally its most commercial— is one of the projects planned to attract more visitors to the city, according to Manuel Marrero Cruz, the island’s minister of tourism.

“The museum will display the entire history of the pre- and post-Revolutionary periods,” said Marrero Cruz, who spoke at the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid. “We have sufficient material and history for the project to be very interesting.”

The construction of the museum would come in the context of a broader project to create a “commercial zone of reference” that would have its nerve center on Havana’s Galiano Street.

“We want tourists to use their time to the maximum, which is why we are going to close down half of the street to make it a pedestrian mall, and develop a strategy to open restaurants and hotel establishments,” the minister said.

The capital’s seaside highway, the Malecón, will also be transformed to adapt to the times.

“The plan for the Malecón is to create an atmosphere where its charms can be enjoyed at all hours, adding a number of services that it currently lacks, such as zones dedicated to leisure and entertainment,” Marrero Cruz said.

The operation of “tourist buses,” an old project of the Ministry, would offer a different image of the city to travelers.

“This year, the government has heavily invested in urban transport, and we are finally going to be able to do it,” Marrero Cruz said.

Cultural offerings for tourists would have their maximum exponent in the Havana Carnival time and in the route of Cuban bands and orchestras, which would perform in different parts of the city.

The government expects to receive more than 2.5 million visitors to the island this year.

“Cuba is not just sun and beaches anymore, and Havana is a destination destined to be successful,” the minister said.

Translated by Granma International

  1. Follow up post #1 added on May 26, 2008 by ERIC,NYC

    Havana will be once again THE metropolis of the Antilles !!!

  2. Follow up post #2 added on May 26, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I agree but the current government is not capable of building it because it will not let the Cuban people be free to exercise their resourcefulness, entrepreneurism and creativity.

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on May 26, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    every time i go to Havama, I see both more and more buildings being restored, and more and more buildings decaying.  Hard to say whether progress is being made or its like rolling a stone uphill.
    Am wishing them luck in making a charming city much better without there being a McDonalds and Burger King on every corner.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on May 26, 2008 by ERIC,NYC

    Publisher,I agree…...But so far Raul seems to have kept his promises.He is flexible on many issues where the mummy was intransigent to the point of hating Havana.This is a fact as he often referred to Havana as the “Bordello of America”.He was also jealous of Havana,being that he was from Oriente.
      Once the USD began to circulate(1993),the change began albeit under the utmost government control.
      Though I have seen alot of restoration work on youtube and google,there is still clearly a long way to go.Eusebio Leal’s work is very commendable and it now extends far beyond the UNESCO district of Old Havana as you may know.
      Have not been to Havana since January 2000.Plan on going in January 2009.
      I don’t expect to see a miracle but I am sure I will be surprised.
      Havana is at a point where too much has been lost but at the same time,much can be saved…..I am sure things will quicken when JackAss Bush leaves office…..The embargo has hurt American farmers and as America enters a recession ,it will be tit for tat with the new Cuban leaders.
      The Cubans have the upper hand now(I hope).....it is time for action and an end to the inertia on the island.I think the Cubans are still in shock that Fidel is gone…..

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