|Sunset on Aruba // Photo by Freeimages.com/Anne Genders|
Otmar Oduber, the minister of tourism, transportation, culture and the primary sector for Aruba, recently announced in Havana, Cuba, that the governments of Aruba and Cuba have signed a cooperative agreement with a focus on tourism.
It’s been close to a year since discussions began between the departments of foreign affairs of both countries, and are now continued with this official visit from Oduber and a delegation consisting of Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, director of the Aruba Tourism Authority; Edwin Abath, director of the Department of Foreign Affairs; advisors to the minister; and executives from the Aruba Tourism Authority.
During the visit, the delegation spoke with the government official overseeing tourism, the Vice Minister of Transportation for Cuba, Naima Alfonso Acosta, on the potential to create a route for cruise ships specifically between these two countries, as well as other countries in the southernmost region of the Caribbean.
The initial discussions with the head of tourism began months back. The topics of interest they will continue to focus on include a dual destination program and the strengthening of knowledge in the fields of managing cruise facilities, inclusive of marketing strategies to attract visitors.
These initiatives will be driven through job platforms between the two countries. There is interest on Cuba’s part to exchange knowledge with Aruba based on Aruba’s success in the field of managing strategies and cruise facilities.
Cuba is also interested in Aruba’s experiences in the field of timeshares, as well as new law proposals in respect to the management of accommodation. Aside from the topics of tourism and transportation, agriculture and culture were high on the agenda during Oduber’s visit to Havana.