By MARELYS VALENCIA | Granma.cu | January 22, 2003
President Fidel Castro detached in the opening of the Hotel Playa Pesquero, that does not see future in the tourism that does not guarantee security, healthy recreation and health.
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The president ahead of the mockup of the hotel. Of left to the right, the French intellectual Ramonet; the president of the group Gaviota s.a., Manuel Marrero; the general manager of the installation, Jose M. Perez; e the first secretary of the Party in Holgu�n, Jorge Luis Sierra
“Nor casino nor commerce of drugs will find the tourists in Cuba. Those that they try to use the development of the industry without chimneys to introduce estupefacientes will have few chances to mount its business “, it stressed.
“We today inaugurate this hotel and this tourist polar region, for a tourism of peace, health and security, of that they can enjoy children and families, young, adults and people of the third age; for a tourism of healthy recreation, culture and rest “, affirmed the Cuban president.
Fidel said that the Revolution converted the people into human beings and active constructors of a superior society, efforts that explain the possibility to foment the tourism. “Before 1959, the population of Holgu�n counted on 166 doctors, the life hope was of 50 years and infantile mortality in minors of one year arrived the 80 for a thousand”, designated Fidel. Currently, this last index is of 7,33; the number of doctors who offer its services exceeds 4 800 and the life hope is of 76 years.
When mentioning itself it the importance of this industry for other nations of the region, warned that Cuba not only thinks about, but in the contribution for a tourism of the Caribbean and detaching the necessity to extend these relations.
“We inaugurate a bonanza hotel today, constructed total with deep Cuban”, reiterated Fidel, that in its speech of approximately one hour and stocking, gave details on the advances of the tourist industry since 1990, when Cuba occupied position 23 in America in number of visitors. Currently, the greater of the Antilhas occupies the nineth place as destination of preference in the continent, with the cipher of 1 686 716 visitors in the passed year, that in 2003 must more be raised in 200 a thousand.
Since 1990 to the date of today, 27 a thousand apartments had been constructed, as well as if they had made infrastructure workmanships technique, extra-hoteleiras and of support, while the direct job in the tourism in these years, passed of 54 a thousand workers 100 a thousand.
For Holgu�n, the main emitting countries of tourist are: Canada (36%); Germany (24%); Great-Britain (11%); Italy and France (7%, each one) and Switzerland (5%). Fidel commented that in the day where the United States governments to respect the right of its citizens of capsize the Island freely, it will have an enormous affluence of North American tourists.
The president commented that in the region where is stuck this tourist polar region, Cristov�o arrived Columbus in day 28 of October of 1492 and here if they combine incalculable ecological potentialities as beaches, bays, caves, deposits of medicinal mineral waters, zones of beautiful landscapes submarinhas and centenarians been shipwrecked Spanish ships. The respect to the ecology, the integration with the nature and the rescue of the cultural and historical patrimony had constituted invariable norms since its project. The hotels of the zone, related, are operated by three national groups: Cubanac�n, Islazul and Gaviota, this last one with the biggest number. They are 18 hotels that they count on 72,6% of the apartments of four or five stars, of a total of 4 799 that, in the next years, can arrive up to 25 a thousand, without attacking the environment.
With objective to extend the options extra-hoteleiras, some plans, some almost finished exist. Sobressaem: the railroad of narrow way that will join Guardalavaca with Gibara; the center of reproduction of the fauna in the coast south-occidental person of the Naranjo bay, with the intention to reproduce the species necessary to repovoar the reforested areas and the parks, as the Blue Roca, where the visitors will be able to enjoy of the ecological tourism and to interact with the animals of the national and international fauna; the Museum of the Sugar in the center Rafael Freyre; a Regional Park of Diversions; the Commercial Center of Guardalavaca and one helioporto that it will allow the accomplishment of aerial excursions.