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perspectives From top: Rendering of the WATGdesigned hotel in Havana and one of the villas at Carbonera Club. Right: The 150-room hotel at Carbonera Club. emerging markets Cuba Cuba may not be open (yet) to American companies, but that doesn’t mean that development isn’t happening in the communist island, and rightfully so: more than two million tourists visited in 2008. As a result, according to the Ministry of Tourism, Cuba aims to open 10,000 more hotel rooms in the next four years. Of note are three from Esencia Hotels & Resorts; the first is a Conran & Partners re-do of the historic Art Deco Hotel Victoria, expected to debut this year. Conran is also designing the villas, apartments, and residences for British brand’s Carbonera Club (Italian firm One Works is handling the 150-room hotel) set to open next year, which aims to be the country’s first 6-Star golf resort. And it’s reported that Qatar entered a $75 million deal with Cuba to build a 250-room luxury resort on Cayo Lago, an island off Cuba’s coast. If it happens (it’s scheduled for a 2012 opening), it would be the first project like it by a foreign developer in a half century. But don’t expect the new designs to have the feel of Old Havana. “The planners in Havana are very progressive in looking forward to a new era in Cuba’s history, so the new architecture is to be a modern expression, capturing the essence of Cuban style in a contemporary way,” says Stephen Albert, WATG’s associate vice president, who’s working on a high-end hotel in Havana and looking at a project on one of the islands south of the main island. But the question remains, will the U.S. citizen travel ban from 1959 be lifted? “This is the best chance we have had to lift the ban in the last nine years,” says Robert Whitely, president of the U.S. Tour Operators, who has been working on lifting the ban for 10 years. President Obama has said he wants to improve ties with Cuba, even lifting restrictions on Cuban-American travel to the country, and a bill to end the ban is circulating in Congress. If passed, Whitely says that the U.S. could bring in close to 800,000 tourists (“It’s the most they can take and will fill it easily,” he explains) the first year. “Cuba could be our next biggest market,” says Rob Shen, director of business development for Wilson Associates. “Everyone is waiting to get in, but like Vietnam, it may be heavily independent on foreign investment.” hospitalitydesign www.hospitalitydesign.com
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - January 2010

Hospitality Design - January 2010
Contents
Online Contents
From the Editor
People
Sketchbook
Exhibits
Green
Profile
Interview
Emerging Markets
Seating
Bedding
Valencia
Hotel Sonya
W Santiago
Hotel Missoni
Mamilla Hotel
Backspace
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Contents
Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Online Contents
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - From the Editor
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - People
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Exhibits
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Green
Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Interview
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Emerging Markets
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Seating
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Bedding
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Valencia
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Hotel Sonya
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - W Santiago
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Hotel Missoni
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Hospitality Design - January 2010 - Mamilla Hotel
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