Havana, July 22, 2011
The Excelencias Group from Spain doled out its own awards to a number of Cuban companies linked to travel and tourism in a bid to underscore their efforts in the advance of this sector and the expansion of their exemplary actions across the Caribbean region.
During the gala at the Havana Grand Theater that stretched into the wee hours of Friday morning, the Spanish company recognized half a dozen entities and people from the island nation.
The award recipients were the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Culture, Prensa Latina news agency, Publicaciones Seriadas, Habanos S.A. and Havana City historian Eusebio Leal.
On behalf of the awardees, Excelencias Group’s President and CEO Jose Carlos de Santiago handed a recognition to Cuba’s Tourism Deputy Minister Maria de Pilar Macias.
This ceremony wrapped up a weeklong series of celebrations to mark the 100th issue of the Caribbean Tourist Excellences magazine, whose publishing team picked this country based on the major headway it has made in the travel industry.
The festivities were attended by 220 people from 10 countries and included an international gastronomic seminar at the Melia Cohiba Hotel, fine art exhibits, an exhibition of classic cars and a cultural function.
The gala night was crowned by a presentation of Cuba’s National Ballet Company that staged “Precious and the Air”, choreographed by Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso. The Junior Symphonic Orchestra from the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Spain’s Flamenco Boulevard group also performed.
The presentation of the Spanish performers was owed to the Doña Maria de las Mercedes Foundation, named after Queen Sofia’s mother.
Cuba has been steadily welcoming over 2 million foreign tourists every year and features some 300 hotels for a grand total of 52,000 guestrooms. There are eight tourism regions being developed and Spain is one its top outbound markets.
On Behalf Of Grupo Excelencias