ACN: Jardines del Rey receives first tourists after opening to new normality


Walter Lippmann
 

Jardines del Rey receives first tourists after opening to new normality
Magaly Zamora Morejon

Ciego de Avila, Nov 15 (ACN) The arrival of 189 passengers from Toronto, Canada, at Jardines del Rey airport, in Coco Key, marked the beginning of operations corresponding to the new normality, after the opening of Cuban borders to international tourism.
   
Nestor Rodríguez Moya, head of the ground operations unit at the air terminal, told the press that although they have been open since September 2020, despite the epidemiological situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not until this month that they reached the figure of 16 weekly flights from Europe and America.
   
He specified that currently Sunwing Airlines, Air Transat, Air Canada, Nordwind Airlines and Azur Air are flying to the destination, north of Ciego de Avila, with which they should reach 26 trips in December and exceed 30 weekly frequencies during the winter season.
   
Rodriguez Moya emphasized that the airport has been adapting to the new protocols, in accordance with the variations that the country has taken and all the means and conditions are maintained to guarantee a safe tourism.
   
In line with the increase in arrivals, the destination's hotel facilities - some 22, with close to 10,000 rooms - will be gradually incorporated into the commercialization process.
   
Noreida Armas, deputy director of the Tryp Cayo Coco hotel, part of the Cubanacán chain, said that they had previously carried out training activities with the staff, updating protocols and techniques for extra sales, in addition to improving the hotel's facilities, common areas and beach areas, in order to guarantee guests' satisfaction.
   
Likewise, Alexis Crespo, Assistant Manager of the Pullman Cayo Coco, of the Gran Caribe chain, pointed out that they already welcome some 800 clients from Canada, Russia and the domestic market and although they keep all services open, they are promoting outdoor activities and in the pool area, to facilitate compliance with sanitary protocols.

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