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October 24, 2013
Jardines del Rey
receives more than three million tourists
MORE than three million visitors from all over
the world have enjoyed the Jardines del Rey tourist
destination since it opened 20 years ago.
The enclave, formed by the Coco and Guillermo cays
off the northern coast of Ciego de Avila province,
reaches its 20th anniversary on November 12 with the
reaffirmation of its position within the
international market and a sustained growth in the
number of tourists.
Sources from the Ministry of Tourism in the province
stated that the majority of visitors come from
Canada, the United Kingdom and Argentina, plus other
European and Latin American Southern Cone nations.
Luis Báez, principal tourism specialist in the
province, said that, with the anniversary in mind,
the destination’s hotel stock of 5,500 rooms,
particularly the Cayo Coco Colonial, the first to
open, is being renovated. He emphasized the
modernization of the kitchen in this facility, as
well as the incorporation of new furniture in the
Iberostar Daiquiri hotel, and essential changes in
the Villa Cojímar, raising its category from three
to four stars.
Actions are also underway to improve the standard of
walkways and sunbathing areas, and extra-hotel
options are being extended with new excursions, a
commercial center and a party room associated with
He explained that programs such as the one in La
Güira, known as Guajarito soy, for
performances of traditional typical dances and Cuban
cuisine are also being redesigned.
Day and nighttime options include visits to the
Media Luna cay, nautical trips, snorkeling in the
coral reefs and the sale of items made by craft
workers in the province.
Jardines del Rey is entering the winter high season
with initiatives which will position it as an event-based
destination, for example, the 4th International
Fishing Tournament, and a meeting of tour operators.
The enclave opened its doors to international
tourism in 1993 with the inauguration by
Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro of what is now
the Cayo Coco Colonial hotel, and its long-term plan
covers the construction of up to 32,000 rooms. (AIN)