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More Foreign Tourists Go to Cuban Varadero
Tourism Ministry top representative to Matanzas province Amado Acosta told Prensa Latina that those numbers mean between 800 and 1,000 foreign tourists more than the same period of 2008.

"The rest of January, as well as February and March have been predicted to be favorable, thus predictions of a good high season (December-April) despite the world economic crisis, he said.

"Our challenge is to keep competitiveness and make it better each day,"said Acosta, who recalled that in 2008, the popular Varadero municipality reached for the first time 1,000,000 of tourists that stay in its hotels.

Varadero, with 13 miles of sand, is 87 miles from Havana and has 17,000 rooms of, distributed in 50 hotels, over 85 percent of which are of four and five stars.

Executives of the mentioned ministry stressed the preparations for the winter season, including coordination of efforts among travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, and hotel managers.

As part of the preparations, maintenance works and building repairs were done in Varadero to improve comfort and quality of the tourist services.

Other facilities were opened, as Mediterraneo Cabaret, the theme of which is Cuban rumba, a German tavern and an excursion was programmed at the Mayan lagoon, including a visit to the coral reef of the area and boat outings.


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