Havana to host its first major CTO program

SAN JUAN -- The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) for the first time will conduct a major conference in Cuba -- the sixth annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, to be held April 27 to 30 at the Habana Libre Hotel in Havana.

Cuba is a CTO member and previously has hosted CTO board meetings and training programs. However, this conference will include attendance by U.S. agents and media as well as participants from a number of Caribbean countries.

Details regarding documentation, travel itineraries and restrictions, if any, that will be placed on American attendees by the U.S. Treasury Department are being worked out.

The event will focus on "the impact of land- and sea-based activities on the sustainability of coastal areas and the resources necessary for sustainable tourism development," the CTO said.

An addition to this year's conference is the Blue and Green Tourism Exhibition, where Cuban and Caribbean suppliers will present products that support sustainable tourism.

The conference precedes the 24th Cuban Tourism Convention, to be held in Varadero from May 3 to 6.

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