HAVANA, April 28 (Xinhua) -- The emblematic beach of Varadero, a major Cuban tourism destination about 140 km east of Havana in the province of Matanzas, will host the 33rd International Tourism Fair from May 7 to 11.
At a press conference on Sunday, Ivis Fernandez, representative of the Cuban Tourism Ministry (Mintur) in Matanzas, said Varadero is ready for the fair, adding that the 2013 edition will be attended by delegations from 17 countries.
Fernandez said on May 7 there will be a speech by Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero on the island's tourism development and perspectives.
The official mentioned other activities such as a Drum Party, where members of the Varadero Academy of Dance will share the stage with their counterparts of a Brazilian School of Samba.
Also a gastronomic festival will be held to promote the best Cuban culinary culture.
Varadero is one of the world's famous resorts, which is expected to receive over 1.3 million visitors in 2013.
The resort is considered a key piece in the development of Cuba's tourism industry.
In 2012 Cuba received more than two million vacationers and is expected to welcome nearly three million tourists this year, which would be a record for the island country.
At present, the island has 335 hotels and a total lodging capacity of 58,434 rooms, with 65 percent of those classified as four or five stars facility.
Tourism is Cuba's second source of foreign exchange, after the export of technical and professional services, with a revenue of two billion U.S. dollars a year.