The 21st Habano Festival Gets Going in Havana
The 21st edition of the Habano Festival, the world’s top event on premium cigars and Cuban tobacco, kicked off Monday with a press conference led by Ernesto Gonzalez and Alejandro Fernandez Blanco, Habanos S.A.’s Operative Marketing manager and deputy manager, respectively.
Following the screening of a video that welcomed delegates and guests attending the Festival, Mr. Gonzalez explained that as many as 2,200 people from 70 countries are participating in this year’s festival, as well as 227 exhibitors from a dozen nations, up 20 percent from the 2018 edition.
Mr. Gonzalez went on to explain that as far as the world market share is concerned, Habanos S.A. currently holds 70 percent in units and 80 percent in values out of an overall volume of approximately 450 million premium cigars worldwide, figures that clearly show the preference for Habanos around the globe.
Later in the afternoon, the festival’s traditional tradeshow was officially inaugurated by Cuba’s deputy minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Mr. Antonio Luis Carricarte. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Habanos S.A. copresidents Luis Sanchez-Harguindey Pardo de Vera and Inocente Nuñez Blanco.