LATAM e-News – Cuba Special Edition
Arturo´s Letter: “SAHIC Cuba: There are more than enough reasons to attend and no excuses that justify putting off a trip that cannot be postponed.”
Why SAHIC Cuba
SAHIC Cuba will be the first Investment Conference related to hotel business, tourism and related projects that will take place in Cuba. In the very place where the events happen. In the tourist destination that is growing the most in the world in the last three years and that will definitely continue to grow during the years to come.
• Cuba received 4 million tourists in 2016 and achieved 34.7% growth in the last two years.
• From the US, a whopping 613,000 visitors arrived in Cuba in 2016, 329,000 Cuban Americans and 285,000 US citizens (74% more than in 2015), making it the second largest Cuban market behind the historic leader, Canada.
• In the first two months of 2017 the arrival of US visitors increased by 125% compared to the same period of 2016.
• In the first quarter of 2017, there was a growth in the total number of arrivals of 15% in relation to the same period of the previous year.
• Our projections estimate the arrival of 4.8 million tourists in 2017, which means an increase of 18% in relation to the previous year.
Portfolio of Opportunities: Hotels, Resorts, Marinas, Real Estate Developments, Golf Courses and many more.
Cuba offers a portfolio of opportunities with 110 new projects to accompany the boom experienced by business growth in the country.
Management contracts alternatives have been added to the traditional format of international participation in the investment in new projects and remodeling of existing ones.
Among some recent remarkable achievements, it is worth mentioning the agreement between Cuban group Gran Caribe and Iberostar, who will take care of the readjustment and repositioning of the historic Riviera Hotel in front of the Malecón in Havana. Also the Gran Manzana which, in a process similar to the previous one, will become the Gran Hotel Kempinski in partnership with the Cuban hotel group Gaviota.
Just a sample of the transformation process that the hotel business in Cuba is experiencing and part of the plan to add 4,020 hotel beds in 2017 to the existing 67,000 and reach the goal of 104,000 in 2030.
On the Marinas side, management contracts offer a great opportunity to specialists in the field.
In the real estate sector there has been significant progress in the development of mixed projects for second homes with golf courses and other attractions, following the accomplishment of the first two mixed companies with the Cuban group Cuba Sol through its subsidiary Cuba Golf: The Carbonera project in Matanzas province and the Bello Monte project in Havana.
On the other hand, the improvement of the country`s airport infrastructure has been impelled with the recent agreement for the adjustment and management of the airport of Havana with the group Aeropuertos de París, responsible of Charles de Gaulle Airport.
It will be taking place next May 15 and 16 in Havana, the mythical capital of the largest island in the Caribbean.
Who will be attending and who cannot miss it
A must-attend event for all those who have to do with the hotel business, tourism and real estate developments, among others:
Hotel chains | Hotel operators | Independent hoteliers
Investors | Banks | Investment funds
Architects and Interior Designers | Developers | Planners
Real State Developers | Experts in golf courses | Experts in attractions and recreation
Cruise Companies | Airlines | Marine operators
Construction Companies | Industry suppliers | Hotel goods suppliers
Specialized Consultants | Specialized lawyers | Other specialized professionals
SAHIC is the event both for those who are already operating in Cuba and for those who surely will be doing so shortly. The exchange between them will be an unavoidable consequence in the coming future.
This is the opportunity to exchange with those who are the key players for the development of these businesses in Cuba.
Among others, official authorities will be present representing organizations such as:
Gran Caribe | Cubanacan | Gaviota
Isla Azul | Cuba Sol – Cuba Golf | Marlin Náuticas y Marinas
How to be part of SAHIC Cuba
Going to Cuba and participating in SAHIC Cuba 2017 is like going to any other destination and participating in a congress or conference.
It is fast, easy and safe.
To travel from USA, you only have to book the ticket in any of the following companies. They will provide the necessary visa to travel without complications or delays.
All the information to participate is available on sahiccuba.com
From USA: ticket and visa
American Airlines | Delta Airlines | JetBlue
United | Southwest | Eastern Air
Frontier | Swift Air | Spirit
Alaska | Interjet | Air Canada
British Airways | Iberia | KLM
Virgin Atlantic | Alitalia | Air France
Air China | Turkish Airlines | Swiss
Etihad Airways | Air Berlin | Eurowings
Aeroflot | Air Europa | Condor
Cubana | Evelop | Sun Express
From Latin America
Copa | LATAM | Avianca
Aeromexico | Cayman Airlines | Conviasa
Sunrise Airways | TAME | Cubana
Accommodation in Cuba
Hotel reservations can be made through SAHIC or directly at the hotel of your preference or through Airnbnb.
Registration for SAHIC Cuba
Registration is online at sahiccuba.com
See you in SAHIC Cuba
See you next May 15 and 16 in Havana and why not, before or after, walking through the streets of Old Havana, having a mojito in La Bodeguita del Medio or a daiquiri in the Floridita, enjoying the renowned Tropicana cabaret, tasting a “vero” Cuban cigar, playing golf on the beach in Varadero, visiting some of its famous keys or the charming Trinidad or Santiago.
Difficult choice. Surely it will be the first of many trips.
Too many reasons not to put it on the agenda and meet us in this unique opportunity: SAHIC Cuba.
Arturo García Rosa
President & Founder SAHIC