Ramon Martin-Fernandez, Ph.D. Professor and Senior Researcher for Falculty in  Tourism

University of Havana

Havana, Cuba


The objective of this presentation is to discuss Cuban tourism development and the safety measures in travel process, installations and special destinations. Presentation will focus on the following points: General features and facts of Cuban tourism development in the last 30 years; Some concepts on safety and security in Cuba (for travelers and locals); Tourism security processes; Security in travel to and from Cuba; Security in installations; Security from the territorial point of view (special destinations).


Professor Martin-Fernández has a degree in Economics, a Master degree in Tourism Marketing and a PhD. in Economics. He is working as Professor and Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Tourism, University of Havana. He works as a United Nations Consultant for the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); He is also a consultant at the Centro Internacional de la Habana (CIH); an Adviser of Tourism Development and Marketing for the Gaviota Group and Chairman of the National Commission of Cuba’s Tourism Higher Studies. Also he is member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Tourism, a member of the Editorial Board of Retos Turísticos, the Cuban Journal  of Tourism Higher Education and also member of the Journal on Leisure and Tourism Studies (ROTUR), University of Coruña, Spain.

Professor Martin-Fernandez is the Caribbean Representative à la Carte Corp. a company that deals with travel and tourism, consultancy, software production, building & construction and foreign trade along the Caribbean countries.


Latest publications are:

  • Book: “Principios, Organización y Práctica del Turismo”. Primera Parte. Editorial Félix Varela, La Habana, 2010 (ISBN 978-959-07-1299-9);

  • Report “An Assesment of the Economic Impact of Climate Change on the Tourism Sector in The Bahamas” (ECLAC Document LC/CAR/L.315);

  • Article: “Valoración del sistema de información turística para Ciudad de la Habana”, Journal Estudios Turísticos, Spain, Nº 189 (2011), pp. 151-171;

  • Book: “La demanda turística hacia La Habana. Implementación adaptada del Sistema de Información Turística de Asturias”. Published by University of  Oviedo, Spain, 2011 (ISBN 978-84-8317-900-0);

  • Report: “An assessment of the economic and social impacts of climate change on the energy sector in the Caribbean”, LC/CAR/L.397, February 2013.

  • Article: “Improving effectiveness in hotel new investments using Decision Support Systems in pre-feasibility analysis”. Revista Retos Turísticos Nº 3, Vol. 3, 2013

  • Chapter: “Desarrollo turístico local sostenible en Cuba: un reto a la descentralización” in the book: “¿Qué municipio queremos? Respuestas en clave de descentralización” (Editora UH, 2014)

  • Article: “´Pronóstico de la demanda turística hacia Cuba considerando el impacto del cambio climático”. Revista Caribeña de Estudios Sociales, University of Málaga, Spain.

  • Article: “Impact assessment of foreign hotels chains technology through hotel management contract in Cuba” Revista CONFIN, Nº 2, 2015.


E-mail: ramon_martin@ftur.uh.cu

Mobile phone: 535 2819945



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