Ottawa, 14 de June, 2018. The Embassy of Cuba in Ottawa held on Wednesday evening the "Cuba at a Glance" event with the aim of promoting Cuban traditional products such as coffee, rum, cigars and lobster, as well as Cuba´s tourism and business opportunities in Canada.
Cuban culture was a special attraction with live performances by Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas and singer Caridad Cruz, both Cuban residents in Ottawa, who interpreted a pretty repertoire of Cuban traditional songs. Furthermore, Canadian photographer and writer Heidi Hollinger presented her book “300 hundred Reasons to Love Havana”, which exceptionally portrays the spirit of the Cuban Capital and its people.
Cuban Tourist Boards from Montreal and Toronto Consulates showed the numerous tourist destinations in Cuba, with the purpose of enhancing the preference of Canadians for the Caribbean Island as one of their favorite tourist destinations, which every year attracts over one million Canadian vacationists. In addition, the Economic and Trade Office of the Embassy provided broad information on business prospects in different sectors that are included in Cuba´s Portfolio of Foreign Investment Opportunities.
In her opening remarks, Ambassador Josefina Vidal stressed the close ties between both counties, and highlighted Cuba´s potentials to further broaden, deepen and diversify Canadian presence, as well as bilateral economic, commercial and investment ties. The Cuban diplomat also referred to the Excellence Award as the Safest Country for Tourism which was awarded to Cuba during the 38th International Tourism Fair held in Madrid in 2018, in recognition to the safety conditions in the island.
This memorable event closed with a free raffle for Cuban traditional products and tour package of a 7 night stay in Cayo Coco for two. “Cuba at a Glance” event was attended by about one hundred people, including Members of Parliament, journalists, and officials from Global Affaires Canada, Canada Chamber of Commerce, the National Bank of Canada, Export Development Canada, among other goods and services companies which trade with Cuba, as well as by entrepreneurs and business men who are interested in establishing new links with Cuba.