British Firms to Invest $400 million in Cuba, with Priority on New Golf Club

By Pilar Montes

HAVANA TIMES — “It was a very successful mission,” said Lord Hutton of Furness, co-chairman of the Cuba Initiative, after signing direct investment agreements between British and Cuban companies for 400 million dollars.

The legislator headed a trade mission that brought executives from 32 UK companies on an exploratory business visit that led to agreements to invest in the sectors of energy, agriculture and tourism infrastructure, including the construction “of a new golf course” at one of the country’s resort areas.

During their three-day visit, the businessmen met with ministers Rodrigo Malmierca, Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, and Alfredo Lopez, of Energy and Mines, as well as visited the Mariel Special Development Zone, located at a new mega port 45 km west Havana.

After describing the visit as successful, Hutton said that the mission came at the right time and that progress was made.

The Esencia Hotels and Resorts with UK capital has another golf club/resort in Cuba called the Carbonera Club.

The golf course, sport much sought after by European and American tourists, and known as the sport of kings, will be the second to be built in Cuba with British capital. The first luxury club being built by Esencia Hotels and Resorts group near Varadero, 140 km east of Havana, at a cost of 350 million dollars.

Germany is the European country sending the most tourists to Cuba, followed by France and England in third place, with 43.222 between January and March 2015. Bilateral trade was 168 million dollars in 2013, the latest official figure published.

The British trade mission was preceded only this month by business persons from Spain, Hungary, Holland, Jamaica and representations of the states of Texas and New York, the latter two encouraged by the process of rapprochement between the governments of the United States and Cuba.


10 thoughts on “British Firms to Invest $400 million in Cuba, with Priority on New Golf Club

  • Well you are one of a very rare breed Carlyle MacDuff! I am NOT English, I am Scottish.

  • The article said: “British”. That to my mind includes Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.

  • Investments in tourism benefit the Cuban people very little.

    A couple of years ago an economist calculated that 80-87% of tourist revenues were spent on buying foreign inputs.

    Even employment seems to become a problem. Spanish hotel groups are now recruiting people in Spain to work in hotels in Cuba:

    Source: Meliá selecciona personal para sus hoteles en Cuba –
    elEconomista.es –
    http://www.eleconomista.es/espana/noticias/6680579/05/15/Melia-selecciona-personal-para-sus-hoteles-en-Cuba.html#.Kku8QqfyTp3RQws

  • Visitors from England? How many from Scotland? 😉 And Moses first word was ‘ironic’ and rightly so!

  • Golf: how does that benefit the Cuban people?

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