New hotels to mark Havana’s 500th anniversary
Seven new hotels will be built in Havana to celebrate the Cuban capital’s 500th anniversary in 2019.
“In 2019, when Havana celebrates the 500th anniversary of its founding, we will see the contributions of the smokeless industry, a sector that is now undertaking seven major investments,” Jose Reinaldo Daniel Alonso, head of development at the Tourism Ministry, said at a recent presentation of new tourism projects.
Daniel said the first hotel will be completed later this year. One will be built next to the Museum of the Revolution, and a 42-storied one will be the tallest in Havana.
The official said foreign investment has been injected into some of the projects and the authorities are seeking further investments for other development projects.
Cuba’s tourism industry is booming, attracting hotel operators such as the Kempinski, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, which manages the Gran Hotel Manzana.
The growing number of cruise ships docking in Havana’s harbor has helped fuel the city’s tourism growth, especially the new mega ships, Daniel said.
Today, Havana offers more than 12,000 hotel rooms, ranging from those in modern towers to converted historical buildings.
The island received 4.7 million foreign visitors in 2017.