United States opens his first hotel in Cuba
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide materialized transfer of leadership of the former Fifth Avenue Hotel.
The Sheraton chain is already in Cuba. The Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide company became Tuesday the first US hotel company to take your brand to Cuba, because, after the triumph of the revolution in 1959, the Castro government seized the properties of American entrepreneurs.
The approach initiated by Barack Obama and Raul Castro in December 2014 is giving the expected turn fairly quickly. The resumption of diplomatic relations in the summer of 2015 has led to the relaxation of restrictions on travel to the island from the United States.
Next September will begin regular flights to five US airlines cheapen travel, which will facilitate greater influx of visitors.
Last Monday finally admitted Cuban ATM withdrawals with MasterCard credit card.
“This is a historic moment,” said Nancy Sarabia, head of public relations for the hotel. “It is a symbol of brotherhood and collaboration,” he added.
On the eve of the visit of the head of the White House in March, Starwood announced an agreement to manage at least two hotels and a huge investment.
Three months later it has completed the transfer of the leadership of the former Fifth Avenue Hotel, owned 100 percent of the military group Gaviota, the American chain. On the facade of modern five-star hotel of 178 rooms and opened in January 2010 under the management of the Spanish group Barceló, and the brand Four Points by Sheraton adhered.
Also, Starwood will soon take control of Hotel Inglaterra, the oldest and most legendary of the capital, The Luxury Collection line. The installation of 87 rooms overlooking the Havana meadow and Central Park is owned by the group Gran Caribe and is next to the Gran Teatro de La Habana, named Alicia Alonso, and steps the colossal Capitol, which will host the Parliament when you finished restoration.
Since Cuba is fashionable, the interest of foreign groups has soared, as reflected in the last international fair of tourism, which, after export of medical services, is the main source of income with 1.940 million in the year 2015, according to the National Statistics Office (ONE).
Today, 17 foreign hotel chains operating 83 establishments, 98 percent four and five stars, which concentrated until March about 40,000 rooms