Cuba, TripAdvisor and the Tourism Upward Spiral

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iberostar 3With the recent mention of several Cuban hotels for TripAdvisor''s Excellence category, this global tourism network is now repeating the choices of local venues and establishments distinguished for their goodness and services.
 
Such selections are a significant indicator which will be appreciated this Friday by tour operators and travel agents working in the archipelago.
 
The island received about 4.7 million foreign visitors last year and aims to close 2018 with a similar number.
 
TripAdvisor Inc. is an American website which provides overviews of travel-related content, considered the most famous of its kind, and the most demanding.
 
Its services are free of charge, and users are the providers of most of the content.
Founded in February 2000 by Stephen Kaufer and Langley Steinert among others, TripAdvisor began to exchange opinions and represent what is today one of the best travel guides in the world.
 
Thus, in its most recent score on this island, 11 hotels of the Spanish chain Meliá Hotels International Cuba are registered with the Certificate of Excellence 2018.
 
The list includes Meliá Las Américas, Meliá Santiago de Cuba, Sol Cayo Coco, Meliá Habana, Paradisus Río de Oro, Meliá Las Antillas and Meliá Cayo Coco, in addition to the list of previous winners such as Meliá Cohíba, Meliá Varadero, Meliá Buenavista and Meliá Marina Varadero Apartaments.
 
This hotel company has been operating on the island for more than 25 years and both its directors and the Cuban authorities are satisfied with such joint ventures.
 
But during this same month, the travel website determined that the Cuban Varadero beach resort is among the best beaches in the world, in terms of the Travellers Choice 2018 awards.
 
This Cuban resort was third, preceded by Grace Bay of Turks and Caicos Islands and Baia Do Sancho in Brazil.
 
Varadero, 140 km east of Havana, is the best beach resort in the country and one of the most important destinations on the island, along with Havana, Holguin and Jardines del Rey. /PL

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