All Iberostar Cuba hotels to be fully open for peak season after hurricane damage

Iberostar Hotels and Resorts’ 17 Cuban hotels will all be fully operational for the peak season after the disruption caused by Hurricane Irma.

Some of the properties were among the buildings damaged by the category five hurricane that hit the Caribbean in September.

The group says it is now seeing “excellent occupancy levels” and is opening two more hotels on the island nation.

Its two Havana-based hotels, and properties in Varadero, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba are all already back to full capacity while Iberostar Ensenachos, Iberostar Daiquiri, in Cayo Guillermo and Iberostar Playa Pilar are all due to reopen by November 1 after refurbishment work.

Iberostar Mojito is set to open in Cayo Coco on November 15.

A spokeswoman for the hotel group said: “Despite the recent severe weather conditions, this destination has now recovered and is operating at its full potential. The Cuban authorities have expressed their confidence that the high season, which regularly runs between November and April, will once again produce excellent results.

“More than a month after Hurricane Irma, which hit the island’s northeast coast particularly hard, and thanks to the support and ongoing, coordinated work of the Cuban authorities to get the destination back to normal, the country’s occupancy forecasts remain unchanged.”

Aurelio Vázquez, chief operating officer for Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, said: “Cuba has always been a key destination in our portfolio and a firm favourite with our guests from around the world. We are determined to continue channelling our efforts into this destination and are eager to boost our presence in the country, bringing the number of rooms we offer up to 12,000 by 2020.”

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