I wonder, based on nothing but speculation, if Marriott is considering opening on the Island of Cuba in the future? As many of you older folks know, Havana was filled with American run hotels in the 1950's, the most notable being the Havana Hilton, where my cousin played piano before the revolution. After the arrival of Castro the hotel changed name and is still there. (A fascinating non-fiction look at Cuba and the mob with emphasis on hotels and casinos in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's can be found in Havana Nocturne by T. J. English.) Of course I needed to immerse myself in all things Cuban when penning Anadyr.
Now I understand there are many hotels: Trip Adviser currently has 71 hotels listed and rated.What would have to happen to make Cuba a Marriott destination?
Just my thoughts. How about yours?
There's probably a ton of interest from all the major hotel chains as the area will be ripe for redevelopment. Ariel Castro will soon discover that he can not only lead the country, but get rich doing it, so businesses will start heading there in the next few years or so I'd guess. There's probably plenty of beach front land that would be perfect for a Marriott Vacation Club or Marquis. I'm not sure about the geography there, but much of the southern part of the island is completely undeveloped and beaches are wide open, although the infrastructure isn't there. On the northeastern side though, south of the Bahamas, it is. Doesn't "Marriott Playa Santa Lucia" or the "Marriott at Santa Maria Cay" sound inviting? Google Maps
SInce the recent developments in access to to the island, much attention has been drawn into this situation. Please understand, Marriott International wants nothing more than to provide the best possible guest experience, period.
When the time is right, the correct moves will be made. I personally have a very deep passion for this project as my property is in close proximity to this island.
I would fully expect that all the major chains, Marriott included have already made policy decisions concerning Cuba much earlier in the thaw and are now researching the where and how's... The only thing that will delay matters are political, will Cuba release the land and on what terms, and more critically, will the thaw survive future changes of government on either side?