HAVANA TIMES – Cuba and China signed several agreements to boost bilateral cooperation, including agreements to promote the construction of golf courses on the island, reported DPA news.
Representatives of the two countries signed on Sunday in Havana several agreements in the fields of transport, tourism, industry and biotechnology, the paper said.
Among them “is the project of creating joint ventures to build golf courses in areas surround the capital Havana as well as the far western province of Pinar del Río” explained the official organ of the Communist Party of Cuba.
The agreements were signed during the visit to the island of the Chinese Communist Party secretary for Beijing, Guo Jinlong.
The construction of golf courses is one of the more recent brainchild’s of Raul Castro’s government as a way to boost tourism, one of the main pillars of the island’s economy.
Also the UK
Recently, the British ambassador in Cuba, Tim Cole, also announced a major investment by a British company for golf tourism.
The company Esencia Hotels and Resorts plans to build a golf course near the resort of Varadero with an investment of $350 million, said Cole at the end of May.
The course would be the largest British investment on the island in a decade, the diplomat added.
During the International Tourism Fair of Cuba in early May, the Minister of Tourism of the island, Manuel Marrero, also announced the creation of a British-Cuban joint venture company.
The state group Palmares and Esencia Hotels and Resorts is responsible for the construction of an 18-hole golf course in Varadero. The complex will also have 750 apartments, 200 homes and a shopping center.