Cuba Gets A Boost From Canada

Major Canadian Operators Expand Capacity To The Island

The Cuba Tourist Board says now “that Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, it’s time to take advantage of the increased capacity to Cuba by major tour operators.”

December will see an increase in the number of flights to Cuba, with the start of Hola Sun/Caribe Sol operations that will use new airline OWG. The service starts on Dec. 18 and will see 2 weekly flights to Cayo Santa Maria from Toronto and Montreal.

Lessner Gomez, director of the Cuba Tourist Board’s Toronto office, says “these flights will be the first arriving in this destination since March but more importantly they will provide airlift to clients going to other destinations such as Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Zapata Peninsula.”

Air Canada Vacations, after successfully launching Cayo Coco and Varadero service, is expanding its operation to Cayo Santa Maria, as well having additional departures from Toronto and Montreal.

December will also see the restart of service from Sunwing and Transat to Varadero, with flights from Toronto and Montreal.

Meanwhile, Gomez reports that Cuba’s annual tourism show FITCUBA 2021 will be held in Varadero May 3 to May 8; and “those attending the fair will see the numerous works aimed to improve all the services offered in this destination that were carried out during the pause of activities caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

Among them is the full renovation and upgrading of all the facilities at Plaza America, main headquarters of FITCUBA, the opening of new restaurants and shops, more water sports and car rental service, extension of WiFi connection to all the areas, including the beach, the restoration of the iconic Xanadu Mansion, Varadero Golf Club club house to its original splendour, and the inauguration of Varadero Boulevard with a wide range of services, with a variety of restaurants, shops, Habanos House, arts and crafts plaza, etc.

“There is no doubt that with the good news about the vaccine rolling out soon and the increased capacity, the pristine Cuban beaches are closer than ever and waiting for you,” Gomez concluded.

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