Cubanacán International Trade and Tourism Corporation S.A. is an entrepreneurial group. It was incorporated on August 5, 1987 and is made up by 15 companies registered in Cuba. It employs more than 30 000 workers in the hotel and services sectors and has more than 55 hotels with approximately 12,500 rooms, scores of restaurants and cafeterias, 2 international marinas, 20 diving centers, 41 beach clubs, 9 fishing stations, health tourism facilities, a travel agency and a transport company. It is also a partner in 23 joint ventures, of which 21 are hotels.
With the inauguration of the Sol Palmeras hotel in Varadero (1990), it became the first Cuban tourist organization to enter operation and commercialization contracts with international hotels groups.
The Meliá Cuba Division operates the following Cubanacán S.A. properties:
Gaviota Tourist Group S.A. was incorporated in May 1990. At present it has more 7 000 rooms distributed among 30 hotels that cater to the international tourism sector with 100% Cuban capital. It also operates two international marinas, the only underwater park in Cuba, restaurants, cafeterias, recreation centers, a tourist agency and a transport company among others.
The Meliá Cuba Division operates and commercializes the following hotels which are part of the patrimony of Gaviota S.A:
Gran Caribe Hotel Group was incorporated as a joint stock company on August 1, 1994. Its patrimony currently includes 48 facilities with more than 11 000 rooms in operation mostly in 4 and 5-star hotels. Its also operates a tourist agency and three facilities of international renown: the Tropicana Cabaret, El Floridita restaurant-bar and La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant, whose brand name has been extended by means of a franchise to dozens of facilities both in Europe and in the Americas.
Among the Gran Caribe S.A. hotels operated by the Meliá Cuba Division are: