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#Havana #Cuba seawall #Malecon still standing after #HurricaneIrma

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Post by @CubanWindow from the original: Havana Malecon still standing after Irma / After two weeks of intense work, marked by attention to quality and efficiency, construction brigades involved in repairing the Malecon had managed to fix much of the damage.

Although Havana’s emblematic Malecon seawall managed to resist the force of Irma, storm surges brought on by the hurricane’s strong winds caused damage to a good part of the concrete wall, penetrating, and deepening holes in the structure with all its power, lifting sidewalks, parts of the road, and above all affecting the drainage system along the waterfront.

After two weeks of intense work, marked by attention to quality and efficiency, construction brigades involved in repairing the Malecon had managed to fix much of the damage and prepare the avenue for reopening on October 1.

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Two Races – #HurricaneIrma aftermath #Cuba

From the original post: Donando en Cuba 

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“The world has two races:

the selfish, similar to insects and the generous, resplendent, as if in itself would bring light to the other.

The first ones sacrifices everything: homeland, friendship, to the estimation of themselves to their benefit and contentment.

The others, although in the hours of tranquility pay tribute to the appetites and weaknesses of human nature, when the hour of daring and greatness rings,  when human honor or patriotic honor is in danger, as a straw snatches the wind, all the worries, conveniences, or interests that may hinder it are shaken from the shoulders, and as merry as free eagles they throw themselves into the fight, to the light.”

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#Cuba will be ready for tourist high season / without a trace of #HurricaneIrma

Marrero pointed out that tourism facilities in the territories of Guantánamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Cienfuegos, Mayabeque, Artemisa, and Pinar del Río, did not suffer any damage, and have been “operating without any difficulties.”

Meanwhile, he described the damage suffered by facilities in Sancti Spíritus, especially in the north, Las Tunas, the northern coast of the province of Holguín, and Camagüey, as minor, while the damages in Havana and Varadero were also minimal.
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Cuba’s Tourism minister noted that the main damage in this sector was limited to light roofing, false ceilings, broken windows, and green areas.

“Not a single hotel collapsed, nor is there any building where a concrete structure has collapsed,” Marrero explained, adding that while there were reported damages to guano (palm frond) roofs, open air structures and wood elements, these are easily replaced.

He added that many trees were blown down across hotel gardens and tourist poles, yet none of these facilities have been left without vegetation.

He noted that the main resorts to have suffered damage in this sense were Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Santa María, located off the north coast of the country, but that these will be easily resolved in time for the upcoming high tourist season.

In this regard, Marrero highlighted that progress is being made in the recovery and clean-up process. Of the 18 hotels located on Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, the latter of which suffered fewer damages, 14 will be fully recovered by November 1, while the local airport will also be fully operational, and in better conditions than before the hurricane struck. The remaining four hotel facilities will be completely restored to reopen their doors by November 15.

The minister explained that all extra-hotel activities in Cayo Coco will be restored and back in operation between October 15 and 20, including its marina, dolphinarium, glass tower, and beach huts.

Likewise, he added that hotels on Cayo Santa María have the necessary personnel, resources, and strategy to be fully operational and providing services to tourists by November 15.

Regarding the causeways to access these keys from the mainland, Marrero specified that provisional forms of access have been established, and that the Cayo Coco causeway will be totally repaired within 15 to 20 days, and that of Cayo Santa María by November 1.

He also informed that the Cayo Las Brujas airport will be ready by October 15, while the international air terminal in the city of Santa Clara resumed operations on September 25, with the arrival of flights from the United States.

Marrero noted that there has been concern expressed by clients regarding the state of beaches along the northern coast of the country following Irma, and stressed in this regard, “I can assure you that the beaches of the north of the country have considerably improved their conditions after the hurricane, it left us with much more sand and better dunes.”

Of the 52 hotels in the country’s main tourist destination of Varadero, all except five are open and providing services. The damages reported here were to 5,411 hotel rooms, of the total 20,790, representing 26%. So far, 374 rooms have been repaired.

Marrero stressed, “By October 30, there will not be a trace of the hurricane in Varadero,” but added that the five hotels of Puntarena, Playa Caleta, the Paradisus Varadero, Ocean Patriarca, and Meliá Península, will not reopen until November 15. “I am talking about the complete peninsula of Varadero, which is already in its final stage of recovery. Hard work has been done.”

The minister also confirmed that the 11th International Nature Tourism Event (TURNAT 2017) scheduled for September 25-30 in the eastern region of the island, will go ahead as planned, as damages there were minimal.

On the subject of tourism supplies, Marrero explained that discussions were held with the country’s food producing agencies and enterprises, and that the supply of affected products was guaranteed through their immediate import from destinations close to Cuba.

“We have the financing and the contracts for imports, and instructions have been given so that there are no problems with supplies to tourism.

“We are going to provide the standards that each hotel offers according to its category, we have personnel dedicated to this and the mechanisms for distribution throughout the country. The necessary decisions have been made to ensure quality.”

Marrero pointed out that the impact of the hurricane resulted in 50% less tourist arrivals for September; but that through September 22, the country had received 3.6 million tourists. This figure, at the same time last year, stood at about three million. As such, tourist arrivals continue to grow by around 24%.

As part of the gathering with the minister, tour operators visited 11 hotels in Varadero to confirm their excellent condition, including the Iberostar Varadero, Iberostar Bellavista, Meliá Las Américas, Sol Palmera, Memories Varadero, Royalton Hicacos, Ocean Vista Azul, and Barceló Arenas.

VERONICA AND JOSÉ’S EXPERIENCE

Verónica Orellana Rodríguez and José Antonio Triviño Bermúdez, from Cádiz, Spain, decided to spend their honeymoon in Cuba, at the five-star Ocean Vista Azul, one of the most popular hotels in Varadero, given its two magnificent beaches, its admirable infinity pool, and an efficient and personalized service.

“We are on honeymoon in Cuba and we are having a great time. It’s the first time we have come and we have enjoyed everything. Cubans are very friendly and always have a smile for us,” Verónica told Granma International while sunbathing and enjoying a warm breeze by the infinity pool.Meanwhile, José explained that he had really enjoyed touring the cities of Cárdenas and Havana, and that he had not encountered any trace of the hurricane at the hotel. “The beach and the pool are excellent; we intend to return once we can save up a little money.”A few steps away from Verónica and José, Mexican Jorge Alberto González Camacho, general manager of the Ocean Vista Azul, an all-inclusive hotel offering 470 rooms, inaugurated on December 1st, 2015, is attentive to everything occurring in the installation; attending to clients and welcoming a group of tour operators there to verify the rapid recovery of the island’s main tourist destination.“Our facility didn’t suffer any damage, we took all the precautions we considered necessary beforehand to protect our areas, and we removed the loungers and umbrellas from the beach. Following the passage of the natural phenomenon, on Sunday, September 10, we were already serving the buffet table by 1:00 pm,” the young executive noted, explaining that the rest of the hotel’s services were restored in less than 48 hours.He confirmed that the beach was not affected and that in its almost two years of operations, the hotel has seen “impressive, very positive results.”The Ocean Vista Azul, operated by the Dominican chain H-10, in association with the Cuban hotel group Gaviota, mainly receives clients from Canada, but at the time of GI’s visit also had guests from Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Russia, Chile, Colombia, China, France, Peru, and the U.S., among others.Walter C. Martino, a Swiss national of Spanish origin, general manager of the Be Live Turquesa hotel, a four-star all-inclusive offering 268 rooms on Playa Azul beach, explained that the damages caused by Irma have already been 99% repaired.“The restaurant will be fully restored within a week,” Martino noted, adding that tourists have been welcomed back to the hotel since September 20, and they expect to be fully occupied by October 4. “We are telling tourists to come to our hotel and to Varadero, which is a unique experience due to its people and the great hotels we have here, it’s well worth it,” he stressed.Sheila Álvarez, deputy director general of the Be Live Turquesa, stated that the recovery efforts have been intense, with quality work completed in record time. “We worked with a lot of love and commitment, as being able to reopen and resume sales depended on us,” she stressed. Continue reading “#Cuba will be ready for tourist high season / without a trace of #HurricaneIrma”

Human strength 2 recover from the wreckage / The Havana Seawall preparing 2 reopen after #HurricaneIrma

Post By @CubanWindow

#HurricaneIrma caused unprecedented coastal flooding along the beautiful Havana Seawall in Cuba.

The monstrous waves strength raised sidewalks, pull out big gates, move concrete walls and dry all the green of the gardens.

Cuba,  isolated by successive US governments, blocked and attacked, continues to teach us lessons and draws on what little it has in material goods and much of quality and human strength to recover the wreckage.

They do not have to wait for an Agency/Gov. that profits from the despair of the most affected

FMI Read the original post: The Havana Malecon (Seawall) preparing to reopen (+Photos) / http://en.granma.cu/

 

Cuba tourism sites R back after #HurricaneIrma

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Post by @CubanWindow from the original post: Cuba expert reports Havana and most tourism sites are back after Irma

Cuba took a pounding from Hurricane Irma, with severe flooding in parts of Havana and some towns wrecked along the north central coast.

By now, however, most areas of the capital and other key cities that are frequented by foreign travelers are ready to receive visitors, according to a US-based Cuba expert who just returned from a three-day inspection tour with his team on the island.

Places open for business include Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Viñales and the cities of Camagüey and Holguín, said Collin Laverty, an expert on Cuba and US-Cuba relations and the founder and president of Cuba Educational Travel.All these cities are ‘almost untouched and fully functional,’ according to Laverty, whose company runs trips focused on art, culture, history, politics and economics. He has crafted highly specialized programs for individuals arriving by cruise, and works with lines on market assessment, entry and operations.Even Varadero, a major resort area east of the capital that was hit hard by Irma, has some hotels that were unaffected.

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World Travel Caribbean Nominees 2017 Awards – What’s next after #HurricaneIrma

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The Caribbean Islands nominated mostly for different categories of the World Travel Caribbean 2017 Awards , have been devastated by the powerful Hurricane Irma.

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Barbuda, is “literally in rubble” and “poorly habitable”; Saint Martin has “ships in the mountains and all destroyed”; Anguilla is “devastated as if they had thrown an atomic bomb”; Saint Thomas and Saint John are “very devastated, and we have seen how there were houses that were ripped out and stamped against other houses.” These are some of the qualifications used by authorities, residents, or even tourists from those islands after Hurricane Irma.

Irma is now on the Cuban archipelago on her way to Florida leaving behind a trail of desolation and some of these beauties will be affected by the fury of the natural phenomenon:

Caribbean’s Leading Home Port 2017

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Caribbean’s Leading Entertainment Venue 2017

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Tropicana Cabaret “Santiago de Cuba”

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A hostile policy more harmful than a hurricane – Via Granma Cuba

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The main obstacle to the development of the Cuban economy’s potential is not related to nature but to an immoral way of doing politics: the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.

When a hurricane is identified as a threat to the island, all Cubans begin to worry. Despite measures adopted by our Civil Defense system to protect human life and material resources, it is well known that the powerful winds and rain show no mercy.

Every natural phenomenon that strikes leaves damage that must be repaired as soon as possible. Thus, some plans are put on hold to free resources for the recovery, and the state cannot move forward as fast as it would like.

Damages caused by Hurricane Irma, for example, were estimated at more than  13 billion pesos, mostly to housing, healthcare facilities, schools, agriculture, hotel infrastructure, as well as roads.

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Caribbean Lost Almost $700M in Tourism Revenue Due to Hurricanes in 2017 – Via TeleSur

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Tourism is a crucial sector for most Caribbean countries.

The Caribbean’s tourism sector lost close to US $700 million in revenue and saw almost one million fewer visitors in 2017 due to the devastating impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria. An industry report released by the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council revealed the disastrous effect the storms had on one of the region’s most critical industries when compared to previous years Tuesday.

“The hurricane season resulted in an estimated (loss) in 2017 of 826,100 visitors to the Caribbean, compared to pre-hurricane forecasts,” the Council’s report noted. Those tourists and the missed revenue the Council stated could have sustained more than 11,000 jobs within the region.

Tourism is a crucial sector for Caribbean countries. The industry, according to the report, is responsible for 15.2 percent of the region’s gross domestic product. It’s also responsible for 14 percent of the overall all jobs in the islands.

Worldwide, tourism accounts for, on average, 10.4 of the total gross domestic product, according to the Council.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria left a trail of destruction in several Caribbean countries in August and September 2017.

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Magic & Tenacity made miracles: After Irma Hotels in the Keys to the North of Cuba R reborn

Related: Jardines del Rey: A renovated tourist destination – More than 3,120 visitors are already enjoying the destination, with all facilities set to welcome guests in the peak season

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September 9/4  people were crying, embraced, employees and hotel managers, residents of the area, and anyone who saw how Hurricane Irma destroyed everything found in their pass, lifted some pieces of  speedway over the sea and more.

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Only two and a half months ago we heard that everything was ready to receive customers.

We could not believe it.

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That’s why we went to see with our own eyes, how magic, tenacity and sense of belonging made miracles.

A group of journalists visited more than 20 four and five star hotels in the keys of the north of Cuba, and we discovered that the transformation has been for the better.

 

The environment has been respected.

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A large group of flamingos perished and now the colony of these animals tries to repopulate. They have returned butterflies and zunzuns. The dolphins continue to dance and applaud the entrance of customers. We also verified that it will be a high season of excellent occupational percentage.

 

 

 

#Irma Aftermath stories: In Cuba there are schools of all colors

Post by @CubanWindow from the Original post – Cubadebate

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Bertha de la Oz Montes de Oca is the unforgettable teacher, who huddles in the memories of the students for life. A broad smile and a waste of tenderness. Every morning, he travels from San Antonio de las Vueltas to Cambaito, 31.6 kilometers by bus, to teach his first-graders.

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Jan Carlos is five years old. It is restless and smart. We asked him how the cyclone happened and respond quickly that it did not cry.“I was then put under the bed and then into the closet with a piece of iron. And my house had a cement roof. And I know how to ride my bike, bought by my grandfather. “

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