In Varadero, Cuba's main sun and beach tourist resort, the Meliá Internacional Hotel was officially inaugurated on Saturday as a 5-star luxury facility managed by the renowned Spanish Hotel chain and the Cuban hotel Gran Caribe Group.
The president of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez attended the opening that ratified the country's commitment to expand and diversify its tourism industry.
In that sense, the Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero Cruz, meant that in the middle of a delicate situation, concerning the energy situation the Island is experiencing:
“This inaugural act is a reliable demonstration that we are not invaded by confusion or improvisation that the nation will continue to be functioning and developing itself.”
The local head of Tourism stressed:
“Varadero International inherits the history and culture of its predecessor and its new location protects the beach dune, guarantees its sustainability, the protection of the environment, and makes it friendly with nature. It has been endowed with the highest technology and with all the facilities that guarantee a diversity of services guaranteeing it as an exceptional high-standard hotel.”
In his speech, Manuel Marrero stressed that the Meliá Hotel Chain is the first in Spain, the second in Europe, and is among the top ten in the world. He noted that it has 380 hotels with 96 thousand rooms in 40nations.
“We are happy and proud that Meliá has been in Cuba since 1990, in what would be our first tourist mixed company: the Sol Palmeras Hotel, and so it was expanding until today with 35 hotels and almost 15 thousand rooms, thus contributing significantly to the country's tourism development, ”he pointed out.
Similarly, he recognized the role played by our glorious local people, the main host for all who visit Cuba that is one of the safest places in the world.
Marrero Cruz thanked all businessmen that despite the pressures imposed by the US blockade,through threats, warnings and even lawsuits, they continue not only maintaining their businesses in our country, but presenting new proposals for their development.
Gabriel Escarrer Juliá,on his part and as the President of the Meliá Hotel Chain, considered that it is in difficult times when true partners must maintain mutual relatedloyalty.
He said that Cuba has become one of the most important destinations in the Caribbean. He said that Varadero surprises again and then he started sympathies in the auditorium when he said that Cuba is part of our DNA and it is closely rooted in our history by being an example for the tourism we have defended to.
Previously, José Antonio Ramírez, who is the General Director of the Meliá Internacional de Varadero Hotel, described it as a heir to a classic that was created to become a place of excellence.
He said that it is a symbol of the Cuban hospitality and it is located in the area that occupied by the most famous hotel in Varadero since 1950.
“Today we are facing one of the most innovative hotels on the Island." He said.
The majestic Meliá Internacional Hotel from Varadero beach consists of 946 rooms, a modern Convention Center, several swimming pools and restaurants, as well as the emblematic Continental Cabaret, famous since the previous hotel foundation in 1950.
President Diaz-Canel also cut the inaugural tape on Saturday, he greeted the workers and when exchanging with the artists in charge of the show, reminded them that they are responsible for making that one as the best cabaret in Cuba.
By Angélica Paredes López