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Spring has arrived in France coinciding with the Third Viva Cuba Round, just concluded here to promote Cuban tourism and culture.

  Participants talked a lot about Cuba's beaches, historic values and culture during the week-long campaign in Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Nice and Lyon, and the unexpected appearance of singer Omara Portuondo.

The diva of Buena Vista Social Club wished good luck and success to the caravan of tour operators, hotel chains and airlines from Cuba and France during a meeting in Bordeaux.

"Tourism and culture make a perfect couple and we feel as ambassadors. We were welcomed as usually, in a cordial atmosphere of respect and admiration," the two main organizers of the caravan said.

Yoanki Nieves, an expert on communication from the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) and Gilberto Lopez, director of Cuba's representative office in France, agreed that all goals were achieved.

Lopez said another campaign consisting of posters in nightclubs and restaurants in Paris and five other French cities will begin in April.

Nieves noted the importance of the 30th International Tourism Fair of Havana, scheduled from May 3-8 and dedicated to eastern Cuba and Russia.

Afterwards, from May 24-29, the 60th Ernest Hemingway marlin fishing tournament will be held, and a French team will participate in the event again to defend the cup, Nieves explained.

Nieves and Lopez also referred to Cuba's participation in the Top Resa Fair, in Paris, during the second semester of 2010.

The Viva Cuba Round was a 1,491-mile tour during which more than 600 tourism professionals and journalists met and learned about the island nation's tourist offers.

Source: PL

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