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Cultural Tourism Product Grows in Cuba
Cultural heritage will be one of the leading attractions in 2008 for traveling to Cuba, above all for festivals and folklore dates, said event organizers last Friday.

The director of the Events Bureau of the Ministry of Culture, Ana Mayda Alvarez, told reporters at the Hotel Chateau Miramar in this capital that this branch will organize over 70 venues of international nature or foreign presence next year.

Alvarez highlighted among a wide variety of products for next year, the May Romerias in the eastern city of Holguin, to be held from May 2nd to 8th, dedicated to the Mexican city of Tamaulipas and Quito, the Ecuadorean capital.

The second event mentioned is Cuba Disco 2008 to be held in Havana on May 17th to 25th and the objective of extolling African culture.

Other two venues heading the list is the Varadero Festival of Cuban Music, from June 11th-15th and the Varadero Jazz Jam Session on September 11th to 14th, both in the most famous Cuban beach resort, located 87 miles east of Havana.

The year will open, however, with the traditional literary award of Casa de las Americas in January, followed by the International Havana Book Fair, one of the most massive gatherings in the country.

The plan is sponsored also by the Cuban Conventions Bureau and includes many genres like music, theatre, dance (contemporary and classic), cinema and literature.

It was also announced that next year, at the end of October through November, the next International Havana Ballet Festival will take place in this occasion as part of the 60th birthday of the company founded by Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso.

Over two million tourists arrive in Cuba every year from all over the world, many interested in knowing more of the culture, history and traditions of this island, said officials of this sector.


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