National media reported that the tourist poles Jardines del Rey and Cayo Santa María in the northern center of Cuba, are currently in full recovery and with hotels completely renovated following the destruction of Hurricane Irma.
According to the portal of the CMHW radio station in Villa Clara, the Caibarién-Cayo Santa María pedraplén is in functioning optimally, as well as the tourist facilities and the beaches, which were fixed and filled with more sand.
The international airport of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, which was totally out of operation during the phenomenon, is already operating and receiving it’s flights from the main emitting countries, as well as the Las Brujas airport in Cayo Santa María.
Lesner Gómez Molina, subdelegate of the Ministry of Tourism in Ciego de Ávila, explained that after Irma, 70% of the rooms belonging to the enclave Jardines del Rey suffered serious damage.
In this regard, the authorities of the sector were given the task of bringing together a large interdisciplinary group for the recovery of facilities, where “not only repaired the damage, but also made substantial improvements,” said the official.
According to the Central American and Caribbean Digital Newspaper, in the Jardines del Rey, integrated by Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, there are 7,720 rooms in 16 hotels, distributed in hotels belonging to the Gran Caribe, Gaviota, Cubanacan and Islazul chains.
All these facilities, except hotels operated under the foreign administration contract scheme with foreign hotel chains, such as Meliá, Iberostar, Pestana, Memories, Accor and the Sercotel group.
Last September, Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero committed himself in a meeting with 160 tour operators in Plaza América de Varadero to keep all the facilities ready for this high winter season.
“And undoubtedly the Ministry of Tourism of Cuba complied,” said the newspaper, which attended a tour for the press made by these two poles and organized by the Mintur from November 19 to December 3.