HAVANA, Dec 7. A dozen Spanish tourists these days travel the coasts of Cuba in the luxurious megayacht Te Manu.
This Monday, the boat – 40 meters long and 2.6 deep- remained anchored for about 6 hours in the port of Casilda, in Sancti Spíritus, for travellers to visit the city of Trinidad.
With the Cayman Islands flag, the megayacht began its journey in Cienfuegos, continued towards Casilda and continued towards Cayo Largo del Sur.
Sonia Ramírez Suárez, head of the Puerto de Casilda Establishment, belonging to the Centro Porter Services Company, based in Cienfuegos, told the national press that with this arrival the tourist operation in that port is resumed.
She also assured that there are prospects for the next megayacht entries with visitors interested in knowing Trinidad.
Once the tourists docked at the pier, the passengers had to go through the health and control procedures at the port terminal.
According to the aforementioned official, Casilda is the only infrastructure of its kind in the country that receives private cruise ships and megayachts, which are usually served by the International Marines.
Since the reopening of borders on November 15, the Cuban government has focused on reactivating tourism in the country.
According to the latest report from the National Statistics and Information Office (ONEI), between January and October of this year, Cuba received 927,655 fewer travellers than in the same period of 2020.
Most of the activity registered in 2020 took place in the first three months of the year, before the start of the health crisis. Although demand was reactivated in November and December, the island’s government once again restricted traffic and instituted sanitary measures such as quarantines, which, due to costly and prolonged periods, discouraged travel.