Cuba's hotel room inventory currently stands at 52,000 rooms, with more than 2,790 new rooms in the pipeline.

Most of the new rooms represent properties in the province of Villa Clara and the resort town of Varadero on Cuba’s north coast, bordering the Atlantic.

Close to 65% of the 52,000 existing rooms are in four- and five-star hotels, according to Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero, who spoke at the recent International Tourism Fair FITCUBA 2011 in Havana.

Recent hotel openings in Havana include the Tulipan, Bella Habana Aeropuerto, San Alejandro and the Habana Paseo hotels operated by Islazul, a Cuban hotel company.

The 18th-century Palacio del Marques de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal hotel in Old Havana and the historic Velasco Hotel in Matanzas near Varadero both were recently restored, according to Marrero.

La Ronda hotel recently opened in Trinidad, a Spanish colonial city and Unesco World Heritage Site on the south coast, and two more are under construction.

Marrero said that Cuba is on target to welcome 2.7 million visitors this year, topping its 2.5 million visitor total in 2010.


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