Raul and Diaz-Canel cut the inaugural ribbon of the Hotel "Paseo del Prado"


Hotel Paseo del Prado. Photo: Presidency Site

The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of
Cuba, Army General Raul Castro Ruz, and the President of the
Republic Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, attended this afternoon
Saturday to the official opening ceremony of the SO Paseo del Prado hotel,
installation with a five-star plus category, managed by the
prestigious French chain Accor.

As he explained during the simple ceremony, Jean Phillipe, his
CEO, this is the first SO hotel in the continent and the
ninth worldwide of that demanding brand. With 250 rooms of
elegant design and maximum comfort, the Paseo del Prado has some of
the best views towards the Havana seawall and the Morro fortresses,
 San Carlos de La Cabana and San Salvador de La Punta. Its facade,
imposing, resembles a ship that launches into the sea of ​​the Greater
West Indies

Heather Mc Crory, CEO of Accor for North America,
 Central America and the Caribbean, expressed “deep gratitude to
Government of Cuba for providing the necessary conditions that have
allowed this project to take shape and flourish. ”

This inauguration, added the directive, represents the culmination of
a historical process for Accor. “When the world celebrates the rich
traditions of the past of Havana, this project points to a future
successful, both for tourism in Cuba, and for Accor in America ”.

On behalf of the Island, the first vice minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos
Garcia Granda, said that before the resurgence of the blockade of
Government of the United States, “the opening of this hotel shows
all our visitors and the world that is not invaded by confusion,
the country is still alive, functioning and developing economically. ”

He commented that like the last facilities built in the
nation, is endowed with high technologies, with facilities that guarantee
 a diversity of services that guarantee it as a high-end hotel

Garcia Granda said that “all our actions are focused on
continue to boost the tourism industry as one of the sectors
main in the economic contribution of the country. Cuba and tourism open to
 new business opportunities. ” And remembered the General's words
of Army in the VII Congress of the Party when he pointed out that
I would resume the construction of emblematic luxury hotels on the Island.

At that time the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the
Party: “Each hotel that opens is a factory that generates more
within our borders, much-needed export revenue to
 the country".

Before Raul and Diaz-Canel cut the inaugural ribbon, the
Havana historian, Eusebio Leal Spengler, with his always
proverbial word, remembered the momentous history of Havana,
“Always beautiful and untouchable”, particularly the place where it is
Nestled in the new hotel: the emblematic corner of Prado and Malecon.

By evoking the 500th anniversary of the Villa de San Cristobal de La
Havana, Eusebio said that “schools are inaugurated with equal energy,
cultural centers, libraries for children, because everything has been done by
These days and for every day. For that we have worked. Only the
 powerful social revolution, which reached power in 1959, could move
such stones, only she could stop a mortal adversary and
have it in permanent humiliation. ”

Raul and Diaz-Canel then toured some areas of this hotel that,
next to the Kempisnki Apple and the Grand Packard, complete the trio of five
 Havana's plus stars, considered the first tourist destination of
 Cuba city.

(Taken from the site of the Presidency of the Republic) / Taken from Cubadebate

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