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Posted September 11, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Vacation

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Cuba Continues to Receive Tourist Flights

Tourist Flights from the and Europe continue to arrive in full with vacationers who picked different local tourist centers in the country, where there are some 30, 000 tourists at present,  according to sources from the Cuban Tourism Ministry.

A flight from London’s Thomas Cook Tour operator landed on the island on Wednesday, with vacationers who selected Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco keys, on the northern coast of Ciego de Avila province, as their holiday destinations. Other flights from and are scheduled for Thursday, with vacationers who booked rooms at Varadero tourist center.

Cienfuegos, in the central part of the country, and Manzanillo in the east, will also receive flights from , while another arrival is bound for eastern Holguin on Thursday as well.


After several days of inactivity due to the passage of Hurricane Gustav, Cayo Largo del Sur tourist center will reopen its facilities following the arrival of vacationers from the U.K. Tourist Ministry sources in the locality said that actions aimed at safeguarding tourists in the resort prior to the passage of the storm, some 105 vacationers were transferred to tourist resorts in Santiago de Cuba,  where they enjoyed services of similar quality category.


Tourist resorts located in the localities of Varadero, Jardines del Rey, and in the provinces of Havana, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Granma continue normal operations including airport services.

As to Holguin, in the eastern part of the country and Trinidad in the center, damage inflicted by hurricane Ike is being cleaned, though facilities and airports continue working. In western Pinar del Rio   province and in Santa Lucia, facilities will soon resume operations.

At present, the Cuban Tourism Ministry has deployed a series of commissions made up of high-rank officials, in charge of evaluating the quality of tourist services in the country and of supervising the cleaning of damage inflicted by the recent natural phenomenon.


  1. Follow up post #1 added on September 11, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Let the spin begin.

    Surrrrrre. Everything is just fine in Cayo Largo just miles away from Isla de la Juventud which I think is still without power from Hurricane Gustav.

    I’m sure the Cuban government is giving arriving tourists the hard sell telling them that they would be much happier in a campismo popular in the hills or maybe a casa particular in Santiago de Cuba than a four star hotel in Cayo Largo del Sur.


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  2. Follow up post #2 added on September 11, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    and this verbatim from Prensa Latina

    Cuba, Tourism Recovers after H Ike

    Havana, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) reported on Thursday to have resumed operations with the arrival of flights from America and Europe after hurricane Ike left the Island.

    The report indicated some 30 thousand tourists have recently arrived at different resorts throughout the Island.

    The MINTUR also reported flights from the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada are scheduled to arrive at Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco, north of Ciego de Avila; Varadero, main Cuban resort 87 miles east of Havana; Cienfuegos, south-center Cuba; Manzanillo in the southeast; and Holguin in the northeast.

    During the hurricane 105 clients were relocated in Santiago de Cuba in equal or higher quality rooms to guarantee the safety of both tourists and workers.

    Resorts in Varadero, Havana, Jardines del Rey, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Trinidad, and Granma, and local airports are steadily running, at the time hurricane Ike damages are being repaired.

    Cuba has an infrastructure of over 46 thousand rooms distributed around the eight main tourist resorts and is visited by more than 2 million tourists from all over the world every year.




    “hurricane Ike damages are being repaired”

    Yeah. Right.

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on September 12, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    Am sure that repairing tourist resorts not too badly damaged is highest priority so Cuba can continue to get badly needed hard currency…  But you’re right, the spin being given has a very high chance of backfiring as tourists arrive and teh reality checks begin.
    Notice charters leaving Toronto this Friday and weekend are going for rock bottom prices - at many (but not top) resorts a week all incl is going for less than $500.- end price.  Normally you’d be paying 2-3x that much.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on September 12, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Gustav went right over Cayo Largo and I have not seen one report about the damage there. I’m guessing the island is closed.

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