While the large demonstrations in several Cuban municipalities, including Havana and Santiago, are worrying industry pros, the Mintur (Cuba Ministry of Tourism) is trying to be reassuring.
"Cuba will remain a tourist destination of peace, health and security [where] foreign visitors will continue to enjoy tranquility and peace," Mintur said in a statement relayed by the Consulate General of Cuba in Montreal – Tourism Section.
Certainly, Mintur acknowledges that disturbances and incidents took place in some localities of Cuba on Sunday, July 11...
Global Affairs Canada adds that "further civil unrest could occur in the coming weeks and disrupt essential services [and that] local authorities may block access to the Internet, including social media, without notice."
Nevertheless, Mintur assures that tourists enjoy "total security and tranquility".
Health safety also guaranteed
Mintur also ensures that the health and safety of visitors and workers is guaranteed in Cuba, thanks to the strengthening of the protocols required by the country for all establishments and services.
But even in pandemic conditions, it is reiterated that institutions continue to operate normally.
"Cuba is fighting hard against the COVID-19 pandemic and, despite the recent upsurge, its mortality rate of 0.65 per cent, is one of the lowest in the world," says Mintur.
Mintur recalls that Cuba already has its own vaccine, ABDALA (the first developed in Latin America) as well as four other vaccine candidates with high percentages of effectiveness. It is added that the first clinical trial for the pediatric population began with the vaccine candidate SOBERANA 02.
It was reported that "Currently, more than 8 million doses have been administered. Among the vaccinated are tourism workers who have already completed this campaign in Havana and Varadero, while the second dose is applied in Jardines del Rey."
As for the events of July 11...
As for the events of July 11, Mintur says they are "the result of an opportunistic plan conceived from abroad, at a time when the country is working hard to overcome the impact of the pandemic, despite the unprecedented strengthening of the economic blockade imposed by the United States government against the Cuban people."
According to Mintur, "these incidents were encouraged and accompanied by a fierce campaign articulated in particular through social networks, with the aim of discrediting and distorting the Cuban reality with false news and manipulated images".
Even so, "all tourists, including Canadian citizens who are in Cuba, enjoy complete security and tranquility and [can] enjoy their holidays on our beautiful beaches," Mintur concludes.
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