In the morning hours of Monday, May 5, the XXXV th edition of Internacional Tourism Festival of Cuba was officially begun at Jardines del Rey. The newly inaugurated resort Meliá Jardines del Rey, the world’s largest hotel from Meliá Hotels International, served as the venue for this event, the most important event in the tourism sector of the Caribbean island. It is the first time in 35 years that a Tourism Festival has been held at a hotel complex.
The travel section of The New York Times recently referred to the forthcoming Havana Biennial as one of the main attractions when visiting Cuba. This Caribbean country’s greatest visual arts event is now in its twelfth year and will be held from 22 May to 22 June, with the key aim of experiencing the city and its people, and including them in the magic of creation. This year, the programme of activities includes performances from the worlds of dance, theatre, music, film and literature. In the words of one of the organisers: “It won’t be a Biennial for collectors or gallerists, but rather to make a connection with the city”. There will be no official opening or specific venue; art will spill out of the galleries, bursting into the streets which will be bubbling with ideas.
The International Tourism Fair FITCUBA 2015 will be focusing on water activities, Italy and the tourist destination Jardines del Rey. Located on the north coast of the central province of Ciego de Ávila, Jardines del Rey is the fastest-growing tourist destination in Cuba. It impresses visitors with its biodiversity, conservation of ecosystems and numerous beaches with warm transparent waters of the Coco and Guillermo keys where there are four all-inclusive Meliá and Sol hotels. The event headquarters will be at Meliá Jardines del Rey, which, with 1176 rooms, is the largest Meliá Hotels International hotel worldwide.