Things are looking up in the Cuban hotel industry, in more ways than one.
The Cuban Tourism Board says the number of luxury hotel rooms opening on the island in 2017 will top 3,500, exceeding any previous year.
All of the following properties are set to open over the next 12 months:
Angsana Cayo Santa Maria – 252 rooms
Catalonia Cayo Guillermo – 500 rooms
Grand Muthu Cayo Guillermo – 550 rooms
Iberostar Bella Vista Varadero – 827 rooms
Iberostar Holguin – 638 rooms
Sercotel Experience Cayo Santa Maria – 660 rooms
The new rooms will help to absorb ever-growing demand. Tourism in Cuba has expanded continuously over the past eight years. In 2016, Cuba welcomed more than four million tourists, an increase of 14.5% over 2015, which was up 17.4% over 2014.
This year’s crop is just the beginning. Cuba plans to build 100,000 new accommodations, mainly in the form of all-inclusive beach resorts, by 2030.