HAVANA, February 2. It gives me great satisfaction to announce the resumption of our consular presence in this spa city, said Geoff Gartshore today,Canadian Ambassador to Cuba, during a brief ceremony at the new consulate, located on 21st Street of this popular sun and beach resort on the Island.
In the presence of Marieta Poey Zamora, vice-governor of the western province of Matanzas and authorities from the Ministry of Tourism in the Caribbean nation, Gartshore commented that for more than 30 years Canadians have benefited from consular services in the renowned tourist destination and today a new stage in which Matanzas and four other provinces in the center of the country will benefit.
With his extensive experience in Tourism and his extensive network of contacts, I trust that Brian Paivo, the new honorary consul, will continue the work to ensure that Canadians are provided with help from here (Varadero) to Cayo Coco (Ciego de Ávila) and in all intermediate destinations, he noted.
In his speech, Paivo expressed complete confidence that Canadian tourism in the largest of the Antilles, the most recovered after the impact of the disease known as COVID-19, will flourish in the same way he did in the past.
The reopening of consular services in Varadero, after about four years of inactivity, constitutes a vital step, which is why it represents Canadians to have a guarantee of support in the main destination on the Island, for me personally it is an honor being able to provide help to the citizens of that North American country, he coined.
Marieta Poey Zamora, vice governor of Matanzas, thanked all the people who in one way or another contributed to the reopening of the enclave, and stated “The people of Matanzas can count on and will always have support.”
According to figures collected by the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI), some 940,000 tourists from Canada visited Cuba in 2023 and it is expected that during 2024 there will be more than one million visitors from the country of the Maple Leaf.