As Cubans starve and buildings collapse, Castro dictatorship builds new golf courses

June 1, 2012 3:22 pm0 commentsViews: 2

Babalu Blog

by Alberto de la Cruz

June 1, 2012

Cubans are starving and several have died in building collapses from the lack of adequate maintenance and upkeep. Yet, the Castro dictatorship decides to build 13 new golf courses on the island.

Construction Of Cuba’s New Golf Course Begins Next Year: Official

HAVANA, June 1 (Bernama) — Cuba will begin the construction of the first of 13 golf courses in 2013 as part of the government’s strategy to enhance tourist arrival to the island, an official from the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) said.

Mintur business director, Jose Daniel Alonso, said that eight of the 13 golf course projects are in different negotiation stages with potential foreign investors, Xinhua news agency reported.

In 2010, President Raul Castro approved a state policy to attract foreign investment in the tourism industry, which included the sale of houses to foreigners and the creation of joint ventures for the development of golf courses and marinas.

The new golf courses are expected to be fully operational in 4 years time.

At present, the island conducts international golf championships in two golf courses in Havana and Varadro.

The next international tournament will be held from June 21-23 at the Varadro golf course.

Tourism is Cuba’s second major industry with more than 2.7 million visitors and over US$2 billion in revenue every year.