The International Tourism Fair #FITCuba 2019

The International Tourism Fair #FITCuba 2019

First of all, we would like to inform you that the 39th edition of the International Tourism Fair #FITCuba 2019 opens its doors at the Havana Convention Center. Certainly, there will be a participation of some 2,000 delegates from 40 countries.

In this occasion, Spain is the guest of honour. For this reason, the events and incentives modality will focus the attention of the participants. In addition, FITCuba 2019 is dedicated to the destination Havana on its 500th anniversary. It is the wonder city of the modern world that receives 60% of visitors arriving in the country.

Finally, the fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña will welcome hotel and non-hotel entities, travel agencies and other companies related to the tourist operation, in 150 exhibition spaces that present the best of the CUBA destination.

Specific information about the event

  • Date: May 6 to 11, 2019
  • Edition: 39th
  • Frequency: Annual
  • Fairground: Fort San Carlos de La Cabaña
  • Site: La Habana
  • Participants: Airlines, travel agents, travel agencies, communications media, hotel companies, transportation companies, Ministry of Tourism of Cuba entities, service providers, related professional associations.

In conclusion, we hope you have the opportunity to participate in this event and discover Cuba.

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Cubanacán Hotels in Villa Clara

Cubanacan Hotels in Villa Clara

New innovative actions

Cubanacán Hotels in Villa Clara have around 400 rooms distributed in the hotel facilities of the province.

The Cubanacán hotel chain lives a high season higher than the previous year. In 2019, the chain have a higher occupancy in their floors and an increase of 5% in the number of tourists staying days.

The European clients is the main market. For this reason, Cubanacán hotels are focused on carrying out actions that allow them to increase the occupancy rates.

In addition, to maintain this increase and seek new international markets, they use a communication strategies in the network of networks, the main platform for tourism marketing today.

They have developed an Internet marketing strategy with the updating of information on current offers. Also, the updating of the main attractions both through tour operators and social networks. Customer widely use this platform to make their reservations directly.

Another of their initiatives is the promotion of the cultural attractions and traditions of the city of Santa Clara. These attracts the attention of foreign visitors and forms part of their motivations for traveling to Cuba.

In conclusion, the opening of new hotels in Sagua la Grande, Remedios and in the city of Santa Clara during 2018, has allowed a greater presence of this chain in the tourist packages that promote the destination Cuba internationally.

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Enjoy the country diving in Cuba!

Diving in Cuba

Diving is a great tourist attraction

We are going to talk about diving in Cuba!

With regard to the 39th International Tourism Fair of Cuba held in this capital, diving on the island stands out, along with other nautical practices.

Cuban virgin nature has a particular charm in the case of the seabed. For this reason, many people come to the island interested in sketching or simply snorkeling.

Among the most valued scenarios for these effects are:

  • Isla de la Juventud, with Cayo Largo del Sur, in the southwestern portion of the archipelago, María La Gorda, the northern coast of Havana, Varadero, Zapata Peninsula, Holguín, Jardines del Rey and Jardines de la Reina.

Certainly, the Queen’s Gardens are truly a wonderful place. A good number of professional divers visited the gardens in their stay in Cuba. In this sense, therefore, the Cuban funds show the visitor a unique possibility to keep very particular memories.

There are several underwater photography encounters that are organized in different points of the coast and of the insular platform. People take advantage of the well-preserved beauties, the climate and an appropriate infrastructure.

In addition, there is a variety of points of descent, hotels close to the places and to the marinas, appropriate guides with a correct formation and qualification at international level, that complete a very well defined panorama.

In conclusion, taking underwater photographs in Cuba is an adventure and the best gift for vacations. Also, well preserved sceneries, rest in hotels, complete a constant offer that definitely means the flag of authentic Cuban color.

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Maykel Herrera, the Cuban painter who best portrays children

Childhood as positive inspiration

The elements that reflect childhood have been inspirational themes for many of the art lovers, such as Maykel Herrera, the Cuban painter.

Cuba is not exempt from these artistic tastes and counts without a doubt with one of the greatest exponents.

Maykel Herrera is a unique creator within the vast universe of the plastic arts, was born in Camagüey and graduated from the Professional School of Plastic Arts.

His success over the years is due to his unique and dreamy technique that reflects his thoughts.

Although there are many reasons for his paintings, there is no doubt that the children have occupied a significant palace as muses that have inspired and guided his creations.

On several occasions he has admitted that childhood reveals him and that he is undoubtedly a driving force behind creation that achieves a more direct intention and a more precise interpretation.

For this author his work is based on only painting infants but from the observation and appreciation of the tenderness of children. He wants to transmit their tender characteristics. He has a great acceptance to transmit ideas loaded with an important social content.

Although many people think that Herrera’s paintings are aimed at infants, they are not, they are undoubtedly aimed at adults.

Through his work, the author seeks to convey messages that sensitize people to the controversies that are affecting humanity today. For example: wars, the lack of food in some lands, environmental pollution and damage to nature and social conflicts.

The connection between his work and the public is an element that the author constantly seeks to reach.

Different paintings

Painting of Maykel Herrera

Among the most relevant productions of this Camagüeyan painter are:

  • “Dwarf Princes”
  •  “Feast of Princes”
  •  “Out of Play”

These series have visited important galleries and exhibition halls not only in our country but also in other parts of the world.

It would be impossible to mention the work of Maykel Herrera and catalogue it as an individual and lucrative creation due to it have contributed through donations to:

  • The development of specialised children’s health centres.
  • children’s homes.
  • Paediatric hospitals

The magic goes from the mind to the brush right in his studio, conspiratorial center of new ideas that is located in Old Havana, but his work has not remained only in framed pictures.

This is a compilation of the works and tours of Maykel Herrera, the Cuban painter who best portrays children.

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Mueller’s report concludes that no one from Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia

The investigation of Robert Muller

The investigation of Robert Muller

The investigation of prosecutor Robert Mueller has found no evidence incriminating Donald Trump.

“The prosecutor’s investigation did not find that Trump’s campaign or anyone associated with Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” William Barr wrote.

According to Barr, Mueller indicated: “while this report concludes that the president did not commit a crime, it does not exonerate him“.

The document released leaves “unresolved whether the actions and intent of the president could be seen as an obstruction” to justice, Barr said.

However, Barr concluded that the evidence Mueller “is not sufficient to establish that the president committed a crime of obstruction of justice.

White House’s reaction

After the report’s main findings, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called it Trump’s “total and complete exoneration”.

The release of Mueller’s findings puts an end to a few days of speculation after the special prosecutor delivered the report to the Justice Department.

“The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States,” Sanders said.

Also, neither Trump nor anyone in the White House had received Mueller’s report beforehand, and they had not been informed of its contents.

Members of Congress, mostly Democrats but also some Republicans, have asked for the full dissemination of the report, which has raised much expectation in the United States.

Mueller already announced that after the closing of the investigation he did not plan to file any more charges in relation to this issue.

Attorney General Barr, appointed by Trump last December had at no time undertaken to disclose the report once it had reached his hands.

As a result of this investigation, they accused 34 people, including six former Trump advisers and 26 Russians.

In the report, Muller does not include new charges or charges under secret summary proceedings.

For this reason, rules out the possibility that Trump may be subject to an indictment that becomes public once he leaves the Presidency.

Finally, Trump has insisted that this investigation constituted a “witch-hunt” activated by the Democratic opposition.

Also, he has consistently denied that in the election campaign for the 2016 elections there was a plot between his team and the Russian government to help him win.

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Lopez Obrador is booed at Red Davils Stadium


Red Devils stadium

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was booed at the inauguration of the Red Devils stadium in the Mexican Baseball League.

First of all, the president said: “I’m very happy to inaugurate this extraordinary baseball stadium”.

In addition, the professional team with the most titles in Mexico in any sport, with 16, López Obrador used a language from his favorite sport, baseball, to reiterate his fight against the opposition, the “mafia of power.

“I’m going to control with a 95-mile straight and curves, we’re going to keep punching the mafia of power,” he said.

The businessman Alfredo Arpa Helu accompanied the president.

Lopez Obrador inaugurated the Hall of Fame in Monterrey, northern Mexico. Also, he announced the approval of a budget to support the development of baseball.

The president assumed power last December 1 after sweeping the presidential elections. Actually, he maintains a great popularity, but people received him with negative shouts.

As he often reiterates, the Mexican president was a good central gardener in his youth. “I presume it as a trophy,” he said at a public event where he showed people his crooked finger.

Finally, the new stadium, with a capacity for more than 20,000 people, will debut next April 5.

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Carlos and Camila from England arrive in Cuba

Prince Charles of England and his wife Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in Cuba on Sunday 24th March for a three-day visit.

Carlos and Camila landed on a private flight at Havana’s José Martí international airport. The Caribbean country’s deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs went to receive them.

The visit of the royal couple to Havana seeks to consolidate and strengthen bilateral relations within the process of rapprochement begun in 2016.

That trip took place in the context of the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States under then President Barack Obama.

After that, Donald Trump abruptly paralyzed the process.

Upon his arrival, the Prince of Wales is expected to move directly to the famous Plaza de la Revolución in the Cuban capital. When he arrive, he will place a floral offering in front of the monument to the independence hero José Martí.

According to British diplomatic sources, this high-level visit is a reflection of the good state of the relationship between the United Kingdom and Cuba.

In addition, that seeks to further stimulate the development of ties.

In conclusion, the main purpose, within a philosophy of “constructive diplomacy,” is to promote a closer dialogue with the Cuban Government, according to the same sources.

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Cuba rejects U.S. accusations of military support for Venezuela

Cuba Travel Tourism

On Friday 22nd March, Cuba rejected the “repeated and false” accusations made by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other U.S. officials regarding the presence of Cuban military personnel in Venezuela.

“I categorically reject repeated and false accusations by Vice President Pence and other U.S. officials about Cuban military men who ‘train’, ‘control’ or ‘intimidate’ in Venezuela,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez wrote in his Twitter account.

The U.S. Vice President said that “Cuban intelligence and military continue to train, support and equip Venezuela’s secret police to “harass protesters and silence the opposition”.

In response to Pence’s accusations, the head of Cuban diplomacy replied that they are “gross lies” and attributed them to “the ferocious macartista propaganda campaign deployed by the United States” against Venezuela.

Cuba has repeatedly ratified its unconditional support for the government of President Nicolas Maduro and has accused the United States of unleashing an “unconventional” war against it.

“Cuba and Venezuela maintain a relationship of mutual respect and true solidarity. Without intervention in internal affairs and without political subordination. #NicolasMaduro and the civic-military union of the Bolivarian and Chavista people,” emphasized the head of Cuban diplomacy.

Last month, the Cuban executive, presided over by Miguel Diaz-Canel, described as “infamous” another accusation by Washington that Cuba maintains a private army in Venezuela and urged the U.S. to present evidence in this regard.

Since the current political crisis in Venezuela began on January 23 with the proclamation of the leader of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, as president in charge, Cuba has repeatedly ratified its unconditional support for the government of President Nicolás Maduro and has accused the United States of unleashing an “unconventional” war against it.

The Havana executive has also considered that the real objective behind the crisis in Venezuela and the U.S. recognition of Juan Guaidó as interim president of that country is the control of the “vast resources” of the oil power.

Cuba and Venezuela have been close allies since 2000, when then Presidents Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro – both deceased – signed the so-called Integral Cooperation Agreement by which the South American country began to provide the island with oil at subsidized prices in exchange for professional services.

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A doctor dies in Cuba due to lack of medical attention

Hospital in Cuba

First symptoms of Magdelenis

Dr. Magdelenis Cordoví Santiesteban died from a lack of medical attention  at the Orlando Pantoja hospital in the Contramaestre municipality, according to her family.

Ulises Mora, the doctor’s husband, revealed that it all began when he took Magdelenis to the hospital with nephritic colic, vomiting and diarrhea. However, he had to return to his home when he was denied admission.

“It could perfectly well have been another disease. In the abdomen there are many important organs. It is necessary to rule out ectopic pregnancy, appendicitis, biliary colics, etc,” said Cubanet a doctor and friend of Magdelenis.

The next day, Magdelenis returned to the hospital because her ailments had worsened. The doctor considered her condition to be serious. After that, he notified the management of the centre. Unfortunately, neither of the two authorities was concerned about the case of Cordoví Santiesteban.

and she dies…

Through Cordoví’s Twitter account, the family went to Governor Miguel Díaz-Canel, Dr. José Ángel Portal Miranda and the official account of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) to inform them about the situation. They explained that the galena had died dehydrated at the Contramaestre hospital due to lack of medical attention.

In addition, Álvarez said he was surprised by the news and added that there is no justification for such a regrettable fact. “I worked in Cuba as a doctor and the conditions are subhuman. But none of that justifies a country that claims” he said.

Also, other sources claim that the doctor was the victim of a heart attack, which could have been caused, among other things, by the lack of water in the body.

“I recommend that the investigation be kept open to discover the real truth. Also,  those who have to pay should pay” the Cuban physician said energetically.

As a person and professional, Alvarez described her colleague as “a wonderful teacher and excellent co-worker and friend.

Hospital of excellence?

Previously, several patients have issued complaints against this hospital. Unique to this eastern Cuban town, several residents have denounced the lack of basic utensils and medical personnel.

Finally, in 2017, the doctor Nelson Alfredo Pelegrín, with 28 years of experience, was sanctioned for his decision not to continue performing the medical guards, a task he believed to be voluntary.

Other testimonies

In June 2018, Idael Aguilar arrived at the same medical center with a fractured arm. He found the Guard Corps completely desolate, without patients or staff. When he began to film the situation, as he had been waiting for several minutes, a receptionist arrived. He told him that he could not record and immediately a doctor appeared, who indicated a cast without first performing an X-ray test.

Aguilar revived this procedure with his three-year-old pequeño, also in a cast without having applied an X-ray. Probably, it was because of the lack of raw material used to make the medical plates.

Finally, the Cuban Health Portal assures that the Orlando Pantoja Tamayo Hospital constitutes a center of excellence in the provision of medical services. The hospital provides “specialized medical care services, with sufficient human, physical and technological infrastructure, committed to the welfare of our society.

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Cessation of oil shipments from Venezuela would force Cuba to spend 2 billion dollars

The regional political context, the crisis in Venezuela and, with it, the decrease in the supply of fuel could become a serious problem for Cuba in the coming months. That was confirmed to El Nuevo Herald by Jorge Piñón, director of the energy program for Latin America at the University of Texas at Austin.

Piñón assured the Miami newspaper that if Maduro falls, or failing that, if Juan Guaidó manages to stop oil shipments to the Caribbean island, the Havana regime could see a critical situation that would force it to pay nearly 2 billion dollars a year to satisfy domestic demand for fuel.

“Cuba’s demand for oil is approximately 130,000 barrels a day and Cuba produces around 50,000 barrels a day, which means a deficit of around 80,000 barrels a day,” said the director.

Although for the time being there are no reports of massive cuts in electricity or announced blackouts, losing Venezuelan oil would represent a hard blow to the island’s economy, already affected by the recession and the toughening of sanctions of the Donald Trump administration.

Piñon explained to the Herald that the island has reserves of fuel for about 45 days and that, if shipments stop, the government would be forced to spend about $5.2 million to buy at international market prices – $65 a barrel – the 80,000 barrels of oil it needs to meet daily domestic demand.

For this reason, not a few analysts affirm that Havana is looking for alternatives to replace the decline in Venezuelan crude oil, which could come from Russia and Algeria, strategic allies of the island. All this in a framework where the Cuban regime has already lost the profits from the medical mission in Brazil, an important part of the 11 billion dollars that the country received annually for the export of professional services.

Just two weeks ago, the opposition-controlled National Assembly of Venezuela ordered the suspension of shipments of crude oil to Cuba, established in an agreement to exchange oil for medical services between the late governors Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez, as a result of which the state-owned PDVSA sent between 40,000 and 50,000 barrels of oil a day to Cuba.

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