Camagüey, Sep 8.- Several evacuations to more than 2,400 tourists staying in hotels in the north of this central-eastern region are being carried out today in the face of the threat of Hurricane Irma to Cuba.
Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero said that 'mostly Canadian visitors, who account for 60 percent of the total, have absolute protection, and are concentrated in established premises to anticipate damages after the event.'
In previous days, the Canadian tour operators decided to move some of their clients, especially those housed in the keys of the north coast of Cuba, to their country of origin.
Marrero Cruz also reported that tourist access to areas at risk from Varadero to Guantanamo is limited, 'and the entrance of visitors in vulnerable areas of the country is prohibited.'
In the case of Santa Lucía Beach, located 100 kilometers north of the city of Camagüey, foreigners are transferred to the hotels of the main city of the territory with the purpose of guaranteeing their physical integrity.
The Provincial Defense Councils of the regions in Hurricane Warning also execute their contingency plan, and according to reports, more than 6,000 tourists from Cayo Coco, Guillermo, and Santa Maria are being evacuated in Varadero and Havana.
In addition to the measures taken in hotels, other northern territories of Camagüey, such as Nuevitas, Minas, with more than 150,000 residents, also apply special measures to protect the facilities and protect aquatic environments, outside of any nautical activity.
There are currently about 46,000 vacationers in Cuba's northern coast, including 36,500 foreigners and 9,000 nationals, as well as 2,000 other campers on the northern coast of the Greater Antilles. (Prensa Latina)