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Russian Website Grants Award to Varadero
The Russian website Travels granted the 2007 Star Award to the Cuban resort of Varadero as the best beach destination in the Caribbean region.

The annual award is the result of an Internet survey to assess Russian travelers' preferences.

Varadero topped the list of beach resorts, and competed with destinations in Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and other Caribbean islands.

The Cuban destination also won the 2004 and 2005 Star Awards, which is granted by airlines and tour operators.

Cuba was also chosen as the world's second cleanest island, only preceded by the Maldives.

Nearly 30,000 Russian tourists visited Cuba last year. Tourist arrivals from that country have continued to increase during the first semester of 2008.


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