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Gaviota Tourism Group Announces New Hotel Transformations and Wi-Fi Expansion Plans

Toronto – September 24, 2018 – The industry-leading Gaviota Tourism Group today announces an exciting slate of projects, investments, and hotel grand openings in Cuba through 2025. President Carlos Latuff and vice president Frank Oltuski will be in Toronto and Montreal this week to break the news personally to Canadians, who represent many of Cuba’s most frequent visitors.

As Cuba’s leader in tourism operations and development, Gaviota is deeply involved in the growth and expansion of Cuba’s booming hotel industry.  Representing over 50 per cent of hotel properties in the country, Gaviota continues to achieve a 12 per cent annual growth rate in accommodation capacity.  The company plans to maintain this upward trend by continuing to honour its high standards in innovation, renovation, and guest services.

By the end of 2018, Gaviota properties will incorporate a total of 3,000 new rooms and 33,200 redesigned rooms across 93 locations. To provide better quality destinations for all guests, Gaviota is investing in its facilities to prepare for the upcoming vacation season.  As Mr. Latuff and Mr. Oltuski address the Canadian media, they will highlight the following ventures and developments:

  • The newly opened 321-room Iberostar Grand Hotel Packard, reinforcing a new standard of luxury in Havana
  • The debut of the 250-room Paseo del Prado Hotel, opening in 2019
  • The ongoing launch of numerous modern-style hotels, through 2021
  • Plans and projections for 7,000 new hotel rooms before 2025, to keep up with the growing needs of travellers to Cuba
  • The renovation statuses of the Grand Hotel, Hotel Regis, Palacio Cueto and the Marquis of Monte Hermoso
  • The full list of 2020 openings, including two Cayo Santa Maria properties: La Salina Noreste with 633 rooms and La Salina Suroeste with 621 rooms
  • The continuing rollout of Wi-Fi service in all areas of their Santa María Hotels and the eventual extension of the service to all Gaviota properties

Gaviota represents world-renowned international chains including Meliá Hotels International, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Blue Diamond Resorts, Valentin Hotels, Kempinski Hotels, Banyan Tree, Sercotel Hotels, MGM Muthu Hotels, AccorHotels and more, comprising approximately 90% of the company’s lodging capacities.


About the Cuba Tourist Board:

The Cuba Tourist Board represents Cuba internationally as a vacation destination. Known for the warmth and friendliness of its people, spectacular beaches and reliable climate, the Cuba Tourist Board is responsible for providing leadership and awareness of Cuba’s extensive tourism offerings. Not only does Cuba have some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean but it is a destination rich in culture, history and leisure activities. The Cuba Tourist Board showcases the spirit of Cuba and the wonderful opportunities the country has to offer.  For more information, visit

About Gaviota Tourism Group:

Gaviota Tourism Group is the leading organization in the Cuban tourism sector with a significant presence in all Cuba’s tourism regions. Since its foundation in 1988, the group continuously fosters the island nation’s comprehensive development, representing around 50% of the Cuban hotel industry. Gaviota Tourism Group is an active investor in expansion and development and provides elite benefits to travellers through its own travel reception agency, transportation services, marinas and a division focused on hotels logistics and procurement. For more information, visit

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