HAVANA, Aug 25 The Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) of Cuba seeks to convert Varadero
in the Best Beach in the World for 2020, Cuban media reports.
The Mintur issued a call to cooperate with this purpose, in which it asks visitors and residents to help “to maintain the cleanliness of the streets, green areas and our beautiful beach,” according to the Granma newspaper.
Among the actions summoned by the Cuban tourist authorities are «to place the garbage in deposits such as baskets, bags, and containers, use the areas for parking for vehicles and never the coastal zone and walk on foot by the access to the beach as walkways and trails ».
In addition, they recommend “removing food debris and the containers used, removing cigarette butts in the sand, taking care of and keeping the environment clean and avoiding damaging or cutting any kind of plant in the dune.”
The text of the Mintur details the “high amount” of years it takes to degrade objects such as aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastics, paper, and cardboard, as well as chewing gum or chewing gum, which usually leave Visitors of the famous Cuban spa.
The call is part of a strategy to declare Varadero “environmental beach” in 2020.
The spa, nestled in the western peninsula of Hicacos, is Cuba’s main sun and beach destination and the second tourist pole of the Island after Havana. It annually receives more than 1.5 million visitors and this year it was chosen as the second-best beach in the world in the Travelers Choice 2019 awards, from the specialized tourism website TripAdvisor, which bases its evaluation on the criteria of tourists.
With a length of 23 kilometers, its main attributes include its white sands and crystalline waters, recognized throughout the planet. At this time, it receives the largest sand spill in its history, in search of rehabilitating its coastal strip, subjected to long exploitation that has caused a “moderate erosion process”.
At the moment it has more than 21 thousand rooms and 52 hotel facilities, 83% of them managed and marketed by foreign companies such as the Spanish Meliá, Iberostar and Globalia, or the Canadian Blue Diamond, which also develops significant investments.
Plans for the coming years include adding 3,000 rooms in 5-star hotels, the opening of the Continental cabaret, investments in a theme park, a shopping center, a golf course with a new hotel, as well as the celebration of cultural events such as the Festival Varadero Josone, which takes place these days.
Translated from oncubanews