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Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria aim for 11/1; more resort updates from Sunwing

Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria aim for 11/1; more resort updates from Sunwing

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TORONTO — The Cuba Tourism Board says Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria should be ready by or before Nov. 1, thanks to “strong cooperation” between the Cuban government, travel authorities and volunteers that’s expediting the process of repairing damaged properties and clearing debris post-Irma.

“Recovery from Irma is proceeding much faster than we had envisioned, in large part due to the continued support of our Canadian partners and the larger travel community,” said Eloy Govea, Director for Canada for the Cuba Tourism Board.

“We thank our friends both in Cuba and in Canada for the positivity and solidarity that motivated us through an otherwise trying time.”

Havana and Varadero have been operational since Sept. 13. All international airports in Cuba, with the exception of Cayo Coco, are now operating flights as normal.

Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Cayo Largo del Sur emerged from Irma are ready to receive Canadian travellers again, says Govea.

At the same time restoration efforts continue in Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria.

While the two islands are currently closed to tourists, the Cuba Tourism Board and their hotel partners on location are sharing supplies and information to quickly get all hotel properties open and operational, says Govea.

“We see Irma not as a challenge but as an opportunity, and we will work to ensure that Cuba remains the destination of choice for those seeking a break from the Canadian cold weather,” said Govea. “Support from Canadians has been invaluable during this process, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Cuba very soon.”

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He said the Cuba Tourism Board will provide ongoing updates on the status of Irma rebuilding efforts as information become available.

Meanwhile Sunwing has updated its list of Cuban resorts, for hotels that were advised as not ready at the time of Sunwing’s last update on Sept. 15.

  • Be Live Turquesa: Work nearing completion, expected to re-open for Sept. 23, subject to successful re-inspection.
  • Blau Marina Varadero: Awaiting reports from next inspection, likely re-opening in the next week.
  • Blau Privilege Cayo Liberta: Awaiting reports from next inspection, likely re-opening in the next week
  • Blau Varadero: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivals
  • Brisas del Caribe: Not expected to be open in short term, awaiting next inspection for a more firm date
  • Club Karey: Not expected to be open before Sept. 30, awaiting next inspection for a more firm date
  • Club Kawama: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivals
  • Club Tropical: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivals
  • Hotel Atlantico, (Havana by the sea): Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivals
  • Hotel Bella Costa: Expected to reopen mid-November
  • Hotel Gran Caribe Sunbeach: Expected to reopen within the week, subject to successful re-inspection
  • Hotel Los Cactus: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivals
  • Hotel Playa de Oro: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivals
  • Iberostar Bella Vista: Work nearing completion, expected to re-open for Sept. 23, subject to successful re-inspection
  • Iberostar Laguna Azul: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivals
  • Iberostar Playa Alameda: Awaiting reports from next inspection, likely re-opening in the next week
  • Iberostar Varadero: Expected to re-open Sept. 27
  • Islazul Delfines: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivals
  • Melia Marina Varadero: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivals
  • Naviti Varadero: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivals
  • Paradisus Princesa del Mar: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivals
  • Paradisus Varadero: Expected to reopen Nov. 30
  • ROC Barlovento: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivals
  • Royalton Hicacos: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 21 arrivals
  • Sol Sirenas Coral Resort: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 22 arrivals
  • Starfish Varadero: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 20 arrivals
  • Tuxpan Hotel: Open for Sunwing guests as of Sept. 23 arrivals
  • Villa Sotavento: Not expected to be open before Sept. 30, awaiting next inspection for a more firm date
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In addition Sunwing notes that Hotel Tropicoco, Havana is now not expected to re-open in the immediate future.

Sunwing adds that in Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria and Camaguey, destination teams continue to conduct detailed evaluations on affected hotels. “Until more information is collected, it remains too early to give an accurate assessment as to the reopening date of any specific hotel. Further updates are expected as the week progresses.”

Sunwing customers scheduled to travel to any of these three destinations up to and including Oct. 31 may book an alternate date or destination, or obtain a full refund in cash.

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