18 abril, 2024

Cuban first hotel managed by the US opens in Havana

The Hotel Quinta Avenida Habana will be renamed “Four Points by Sheraton”.

The last sign of progress approach between Cuba and the United States, the sign “Four Points by Sheraton”, was installed last Tuesday in a Havana’s hotel, becoming the first establishment of its kind to be administrated by a US company since Fidel Castro assume the presidency in 1959.

As reported by Reuters, the Fifth Avenue Hotel Havana, belonged to the Cuban military company Gaviota is located in the Miramar’s neighborhood and it’s one of the hotels that will be managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide under a multimillion-dollar deal.

For decades, these agreements were banned by the US economic embargo to the island. But meanwhile the embargo remains in place, the Obama Administration has eased restrictions to trade and invest since announced the thaw between the two countries in December 2014.

“It will be a historic moment”, said Nancy Sarabia, head of public relationship of the hotel. The hotel reopening will take place on Tuesday, she added, describing the hotel as a “symbol of brotherhood and collaboration”.

Evicted Cubans protest outside the US embassy.

A group of undocumented immigrants Cubans in Ecuador, that on Sunday in the early morning hours were evicted from the vicinity of the Mexican embassy in Quito, went to the US embassy to find a solution to the crisis in which they are involved. The police did not let them get to the embassy where they planned to deliver a letter asking for help to seek refuge.

Fishermen of port of Cojimar, on the outskirts of Havana, have seen a severe decrease in marine populations. They blame foreign vessels overfishing, pollution and warming waters and calling on US and Cuba to improve collaboration to restore the balance in the 90 miles of sea separating the two countries.

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