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The Grand Theater of Havana «ALICIA ALONSO» the oldest active theatrical institution in Latin America, was inaugurated February 18, 1838, under the name of Grand Theater of Tacon.  Shortly, thanks to the magnificence of their spectacle halls and the celebrity of the artists that were presented there, its fame transcended the frontiers of the island. After several reformations, both in its facade as well as in its interior, the building was remodeled to lead the way to its current form. In its history, it has been known by other names, such as Grand National Theater, Estrada Palma Theater and Garcia Lorca Theater.

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Vinales Cuba – Sunset Walking Tours and Exploring “Mogotes” – Via Emily K

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Right now, I am sitting on top of my little house in Vinales, Cuba. That’s right, I have a house! Vinales is a truly top place to visit in Cuba mainly because of the views of the surrounding landscape, so I just had to have a rooftop so I could take it all in!

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Cuban Perspective: how are today’s Cubans youth ?

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Via AucaEnCayoHueso / Automatically translate 

I have no answer to that question, although I can not stop asking the question.

Like them, I am also a carrier of a period brand that I have lived actively and intensely.

In a hostile environment, I met the difficult conditions of a closed labor market, I lived the battle that happened to the coup perpetrated by Batista, I experienced the fall of companions in the beautiful age open to illusions and the future.

The triumphant days of a Revolution that broke the barriers of the previously imaginable remained in my memory forever.

I gave myself completely to the task of building what I dreamed in the field of education and culture. It was not a bed of roses.

I faced contradictions, but in the work I found moments of personal fulfillment.

This is how a mentality developed in the confrontation of concrete realities, in the conquest of new knowledge, in the growth of a way of thinking and feeling.

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Cuba: Ready 4 High Tourist Season

Related:  944 000 visited in 2017 and “There is zero reliable evidence that foreign tourists have in any way been exposed to whatever this is.” / HERE

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Via Cadena Agramonte / Cuba – Despite the problems caused by meteorological events such as hurricanes, Cuban authorities reiterate that their tourist facilities are ready to start the high season (November-April) in the island.

Spokespersons from different territories affirm this statement, even in the most affected places by the passage of Hurricane Irma, as the north coast of the center of Cuba.

The Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero, in recent television broadcasts, believes that there will be no problem to receive travelers from around the world in the aforementioned period.

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Cuba is roughly 780 miles long. We wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to see it all / Via @insightcuba

 

Diplomatic insensitivity competes with #HuracanIrma – who does the most damage to #Cuba ?

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Automatically Translate: La sensibilidad Diplomatica

On Friday, September 9, #Irma entered Cuba sweeping everything in her path and Donald Trump extended the law that maintains the blockade on the island.

Two hurricanes whipped Cuba with equal fury, one inevitable and another product of human insensitivity.

US sectors of power interested in sabotaging a possible bilateral normalization launched a campaign accusing Cuba of acoustic attacks on northern diplomats.

Without completing the investigations or presenting evidence of their accusation, today they give a coup de grace and announce the departure of 60% of their diplomatic staff.

They go even further, warning US citizens not to travel to the island suggesting they may suffer similar damages.

American sensitivity is not particularly well-known in Latin America, but harming an island’s economy in the midst of disaster is an unprecedented act of cynicism.

Today we knew the seriousness of the damage caused by Irma we see the damage caused by elements in the State Department that sabotage the process of normalization initiated by Barack Obama.

Incubators of hatred and selfishness get their way while writing another bitter note in American diplomacy.

The power sectors in the United States find it cheap to stifle 11 million Cubans in order to provoke political change in Cuba.

And diplomatic insensitivity competes with Irma on who does the most damage to an island.

 

#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”

3 APKs to learn more about the unilateral #blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba

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To learn more about the blockade unilaterally imposed by the United States on the Caribbean island, youngsters have developed 3 APK : Infobloq, Desbloqueando “Unblocking” and Cocoblock / Check It on the Site: CUBA VS BLOQUEO

Infobloq: Cuba report to the United Nations on the blockade until 2016.

Unblocking: tests what you know about this anti-Cuban policy, by asking questions, giving points and linking to Facebook.

Cocoblock: video game, a green alligator is the protagonist who must overcome obstacles imposed by the #blockade.

 

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