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Cuba rejects impact in tourism after Saratoga eruption

Cuba Ministry of Tourism (Mintour) this Tuesday denied that the “unfortunate and tragic accident” at the Saratoga hotel last Friday…

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Cuba Ministry of Tourism (Mintour) this Tuesday denied that the “unfortunate and tragic accident” at the Saratoga hotel last Friday – which so far killed 42 people and injured 96 – affected The country’s image as a “peace and quiet” destination,

“Our facilities continue to serve national and international tourists who spend their holidays here in peace and security,” Mintur spokeswoman Carmen Cassels said at a news conference.

The official stressed that the sector will continue its growth and improvement after two years. pandemic restrictions,

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The blast at the downtown hotel happened a day after the conclusion of the International Tourism Fair, which was attended by sector representatives from 54 countries.

According to data from the Ministry of Public Health, the ages of the dead – all Cubans except one Spanish tourist – are between 10 and 77 years old.

Of the 51 workers in Saratoga at the time of the explosion, 23 were killed and 3 are missing, as reported at the same press conference. Cuba State Tourism Group Gaviota,

Firm spokesman Roberto Enriquez stressed that the search was being carried out under “complicated” circumstances and that the priority was to find the missing.

The Cuban government reiterates that it was an accident caused by a gas leak when a liquefied gas tanker truck was filling a tank at the installation.

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Saratoga, built in 1880, had been operating as a hotel since 1911. Its last restoration took place in 2005, when the building was deeply renovated.

This five-star luxury accommodation is located on the iconic Paseo del Prado Avenue in the historic center of the Cuban capital, one of the most visited by tourists visiting the island.

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