SAHIC Cuba 2017 Kicks Off Today, May 15, 2017
The island of Cuba is not only celebrated for its culture, but also its beauty. Architecture dating back to Spanish colonial times, miles of beaches, and a vibrant art scene has attracted tourists from all over the world. In the last two years, the island has experienced a 34.7% growth in tourism. A big part of that growth are American tourists. Over 600,000 visited Cuba in 2016. Traveling restrictions are becoming less stringent for US citizens, so that number will only grow.
What does this mean for the hotel industry? Opportunity. This is especially true if you ask Arturo Garcia Rosa, Founder of the SAHIC Latin America Hotel Investment Conferences. He and his team have built a networking event around investment and development of Cuba’s hotel industry: SAHIC Cuba.
“SAHIC Cuba is of great interest to the international hotel and tourism industry and we have no doubt that it will be a great success,” shares Garcia Rosa. “The country offers a range of opportunities; Cuba is an ideal location to develop tourism and is certain to be one of the main destinations in Latin America in the near future.” – Arturo Garcia Rosa
The Cuban government welcomes the dialogue and supports their mission. According to Luis Miguel Díaz Sánchez, Vice Minister of Tourism of Cuba, it’s the hotel industry that has the most to gain.
“The main opportunities in Cuba are in hotel activity through new constructions or restorations of accommodation facilities…” – Luis Miguel Díaz Sánchez, Vice Minister of Tourism of Cuba
This week SAHIC Cuba 17 kicks-off, bringing senior hospitality and development executives from over 25 countries to discuss what lies ahead for Cuba and how they can be part of it. The keynote address will be given by David Scowsill, President of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Then settle in for a well-curated schedule of talks ranging from hotel design to how to do business in Cuba.
The conference takes place in Cuba at the Melia Cohiba Hotel.
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