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SANDALS OPENS ALL-SUITE HOTEL.

Gordon "Butch" Stewart's Sandals Group has opened a second hotel in Cuba, a move that will allow the hotel chain to augment its share of Europe's tourism market, and deepen its capacity for twin-island vacation promotion, reports The Jamaica Observer (Nov. 8, 2002). The soft opening of the 402-suite Sandals Royal Hicacos Resort & Spa brings to 20 the number of all-inclusive hotels operated by Sandals and its sister brand, Beaches Resort. Hicacos is located 90 minutes by road from Havana International Airport in the capital city, and 10 minutes from downtown Varadero, the island's main tourist resort. Royal Hicacos, as well as the Beaches Varadero -the 350-room hotel that Sandals has been running in Cuba since Match 1999 - are both being operated under the terms of an agreement reached with Cubanacan in 1998. Cuibanacan is one of Cuba's largest hotel groups. "The entry of the Sandals brand to that market will be a catalyst for accelerated tourism growth in the northern Caribbean," says Dr Jeffrey Pyne, a director of Sandals.

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Title Annotation:Sandals Royal Hicacos Resort & Spa debuts in Cuba
Comment:SANDALS OPENS ALL-SUITE HOTEL.(Sandals Royal Hicacos Resort & Spa debuts in Cuba )
Publication:Caribbean Update
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Geographic Code:5CUBA
Date:Dec 1, 2002
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