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Cuba Will Soon Welcome Its First LGBTQIA Friendly Hotel

By DeAnna Taylor

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Despite reports of the Trump administration’s plans to reduce travel from America to Cuba, the island is gearing up to welcome more tourists.

The hotel industry is growing in Cuba now that more and more travelers are seeking to have vacations in the Caribbean country. A 250-room LGBTQIA-inclusive hotel will be located in Cayo Guillermo, thanks to the Gaviota Hotels chain. The property is slated to open this year.

There is no word on the name of the resort or details on when bookings will open up.

Gaviota will also welcome a high-end, 250-room property in that same area. The company has plans to open a 546-room hotel in Cayo Cruz. Both are scheduled to open in 2019 as well.

In addition to these, Canadian hotel chain Blue Diamond recently signed on to build two more hotels on the island. The company currently has 19 in Cuba.

The new properties will be built in Veradero and Caya Coco, two of Cuba’s most sought-after beach spots.

If you are heading to Havana soon, you’re in luck. There is an estimated thirteen hotels coming to the capital city. Some of those properties include: Palacio Cueto, Vedado Azul, Vedado 500, and Paseo del Prado. All of these will open by the end of 2019 as well.

As of today, there are 19 foreign hotel brands that manage the majority of Cuba’s hotel properties.

Related: Traveler Story: Dear Cuba: You Had Me At Hello

This increase in accommodations around the country is right on time, seeing as though bookings to the island have increased this year.

“There’s been an incredible growth in bookings in the last six months,” said Collin Laverty, president of Cuba Educational Travel. “I would attribute that to the narrative in the media. As the narrative has changed back to focusing on the island’s music and arts, there isn’t as much confusion about traveling there.”

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DeAnna Taylor

DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.

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