The XL edition of the International Tourism Fair was officially launched this Tuesday at Plaza Américas Convention Center, with the presence of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz.

From this May 3 and until next Saturday, the fair will bring together about 5,260 participants from 53 countries in Varadero, cataloged as the second best beach in the world, according to TripAdvisor users.

When pronouncing the words of welcome, the governor of Matanzas, Mario Sabines Lorenzo, highlighted the potential of the province and the main resort in the country.

For his part, the Minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos García Granda, stated that after two years of forced pause, the expectations of this reunion reach us.

“These have been difficult years, but we are optimistic and we have total certainty in the reactivation of Cuban tourism,” he said.

García Granda reported that the destinations of Havana, the keys, Holguín, Santiago de Cuba, among others, are already being reactivated with greater dynamism.

He highlighted the potential of Cayo Largo del Sur, a renewed destination that has among its main attributes the beaches, “recognized among the best and most preserved in the world.”

“It is our mission to position the Cuba destination for excellence in its services,” he said.

Dedicated to the product of sun and beach, the prime minister pointed out that FitCuba 2022 is the expression of what the reactivation of Cuban tourism can be.

Marrero Cruz greeted the presence of Venezuela, Mexico and Argentina, nations with which we have historical ties, and whose Ministers of Tourism were present at the inauguration. “It is a pleasure to be able to share with the tourism family, after two years detained by covid-19,” he said.

The head of government assured that Cuba guarantees the control of the virus, which will allow the sustainability of tourism.

He thanked the disposition of all the countries that have supported us and that trust in Cuba’s destiny. “Our country will continue to develop. We will continue to be a free and safe country.”

The most important event organized by the tourism sector in the country will be a symbol on this occasion of the sustainable reactivation of tourism activity, after two extremely complex years for the sector.

Cuba exceeds in the first four months of the year the number of visitors in the same period last year, and, in total, has received more than 450,000 tourists at the height of April, according to data provided to the press this Monday at the event of Sustainable Tourism by the Minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos García Granda.