03/18/13 - Agencia de Información Nacional (Habana) - Cuban Tourism Minister Heads Delegation to Russian Fair
HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 18 (acn) The Cuban Minister of Tourism Manuel Marrero
heads a delegation to the Inturmarket-2013 International Fair that was
inaugurated this Saturday by its Russian counterpart Vladimir Medinski.
The Cuban Ambassador Emilio Lozada attended the inauguration of the
national pavilion in this fair. Marrero met several Russian tour operators
who, combined, sent over 86 000 tourist to Cuba in 2012.
Cuban Tourism Ministry representative to Russia Estefanía Escobar told
Prensa Latina news agency that they are satisfied with the great attention
the Cuban stand had drawn among the participants to the Fair.
A Cuban barman managed to please the attendees with his classes of Cuban
cocktails making, while two couples of dancers from the Tropicana cabaret
performed accompanied by the Cubamania band.
Five-Guinness record holder, cigar roller José Castelar (Cueto), is one of
the attractions for the public and the media covering the event. Another
Cuban displaying his art is David Santander, a pot maker from the town of
Trinidad, proving that Cuban tourism is more than barely the sun and beach
The Cuban delegation is also made up by officials from the Tourism
ministry, and several Cuban and foreign chains like Cubatur, Havanatur,
Caracol, Occidentales Hoteles, Hoteles C, Accord and Meliá Hoteles
International which are holding meetings with their Russian counterparts.
For tomorrow the organizers scheduled the Cuban Night to be held in the
UDPK Company's Culture Palace. The following day, the Cuban delegation
will participate in the MITT International Fair as special guest.
Estefanía Escobar said the Russian tourist emitting market to Cuba has
great potential, thus the importance Cuba gives to this event. She noted
that from 37 000 Russian tourists in 2009 it skyrocketed to 86 000 in just
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