Cuba’s Ministerio de Turismo (Av. 3ra y F, Vedado, Havana, tel. 07/836-3245 or 832-7535, www.cubatravel.cu) is in charge of tourism. It has offices in a dozen countries, including Canada (1200 Bay St., Suite 305, Toronto, ON M5R 2A5, tel. 416/362-0700, fax 416/362-6799, www.gocuba.ca; and 2075 rue University, Bureau 460, Montreal, QC H3A 2L1, tel. 514/875-8004, fax 514/875-8006), Germany (Kaiserstrasse 8, Frankfurt D-60313, tel. 069/6860-2908, www.cubainfo.de), Italy (Vía General Fara #30, Milano 20124, tel. 02/6698-1463, www.cuba-si.it), and the United Kingdom (154 Shaftesbury Ave., London WC 2H8JT, tel. 020/7240-6655, director [at] cubasi [dot] info). There is no office in the U.S.; however, the Canadian offices will mail literature to U.S. citizens.
Publicitur (Calle 19 #60, e/ M y N, Vedado, tel. 07/838-2826, www.publicitur.com) is responsible for publishing and disseminating tourism literature.
Cuba is a member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO, 80 Broad St., 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10004, tel. 212/635-9530, www.doitcaribbean.com), which is a handy information source; and the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA, 2655 LeJeune Rd., Suite 910, Coral Gables, FL 33134, tel. 305/443-3040, www.caribbeanhotelassociation.com), both of which are barred under U.S. law from promoting tourism to Cuba in the United States. The CTO has offices in Canada (130 Bloor St. W., Suite 301, Toronto, ON M5S 1N5, tel. 416/935-0767, ctotoronto [at] caribtourism [dot] com) and the U.K. (22 The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, tel. 0208/948-0057, ctolondon [at] caribtourism [dot] com).
Infotur (5ta Av. y 112, Miramar, tel. 07/204-3977, www.infotur.cu), the government tourist information bureau, operates Palacios de Turismo (tourist information booths) in Havana and most major cities and tourist venues nationwide. Every tourist hotel has a buró de turismo.
Other Information Bureaus
Agencia de Información Nacional (Calle 23 #358, esq. J, Vedado, Havana, tel. 07/832-5541, www.ain.cubaweb.cu) dispenses information about virtually every aspect of Cuba, but serves primarily as a “news” bureau. The Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas (Paseo #60, e/ 3ra y 5ra, Vedado, Havana, tel. 07/830-0053, www.one.cu) provides statistics on Cuba.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition