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World’s Largest Cigar Festival Opens In Havana!

Habanos s.a. Announces Results Of US$ 531 Million Turnover As The 22nd Habano Festival Opens In Havana

Havana, Cuba – Havana is hosting the XXII Habanos Festival, the largest international event for aficionados of the finest tobacco in the world, Habanos, which will be held from the 24th of February to the 28th.

The event will be attended by enthusiasts of this unique product from all over the world, with the Bolívar, Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta brands taking centre stage.

Renowned habanos brands will announce special editions of their products, such as the Bolívar Belicosos Finos Reserva Cosecha 2016 and the Partagás Legado. In addition, in commemoration of the175th anniversary of the Partagás brand, the special humidor Partagás Tropicales will be presented, of which only 450 will be produced.

Corporación Habanos, S.A., which exclusively markets the 27 habanos brands worldwide, will announce during the opening of the XXII Habanos Festival its financial results for the 2019 fiscal year.

Press Release – http://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8695951-habanos-growth-of-531-million-turnover/

Attendees, from more than 60 countries, will enjoy a comprehensive program full of activities designed to explore some aspects of the Habanos culture.

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The Habano Festival Closes With A Glamorous Gala Evening!

Havana, CUBA – The largest international meeting for habanos lovers came to an end after a week full of activities.

The Gala Evening put the finishing touches to the 21st Habano Festival playing homage to the 50th anniversary of the Trinidad brand.

Musical acts such as Grammy winner singer Armando Manzanero, music composer Charles Fox and salsa performer Gilberto Santa Rosa mingled with glamour and celebrities in a special night that ended with the traditional Humidor Auction.

This annual meeting for fans of the world’s best tobacco reached a milestone in its history, as the 21st Habano Festival has gathered more than 2,000 participants from over 50 countries who have been able to get a first sight into the most significant habanos announcements.

The Gala Evening was the grand finale to the Festival and payed tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Trinidad brand. The event concluded with the Hombre Habano Awards and the traditional Humidors Auction, with all proceeds going to the Cuban Public Health System.

Shows:

00:00 Hoyo de Monterrey gala

01:13 Habanos factories

01:50 Master class on torcido (traditional technique for handmade cigars)

02:15 Habanos World Challenge

02:44 Gala night devoted to the Trinidad brand

07:00 Humidors auction

Other: The Habanos Festival, is the most prestigious event dedicated to Premium Cigars.

For more information visit http://www.habanos.com

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Opening Of The 21st Habanos Festival

      • Havana, which celebrates its 500th anniversary, hosts the XXI Habano Festival. 
      • Two undisputed stars: the Trinidad brand and the San Cristóbal de La Habana brand.
      • Hoyo de Monterrey presents its first Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013 with its iconic Double Coronas Vitola.

Story: Havana, the Cuban capital that is celebrating its 500th Anniversary, is getting ready to host once again the XXI Habanos Festival.The biggest international event of the world’s best tobacco, the Habano, will be held from 18 to 22 February. Enthusiasts of this unique product from all corners of the world will participate in a Festival that will see the San Cristóbal de La Habana, Hoyo de Monterrey and Trinidad brands taking centre stage.

Attendees from more than 60 countries are expected will enjoy a comprehensive programme full of activities designed to explore some aspects of the Habanos culture: tours of plantations in Vuelta Abajo*, in the Pinar del Río* region, as well as visits to the factories responsible for producing this year’s biggest launches. 

Other highlights include three evenings of the best live music from renowned international artists, the finest gastronomy in Cuba, Habanos tastings and a wide range of beverages from different corners of the world.

The Trade Fair and the Welcome Evening, will mark the start of the Habanos Festival. The Trade Fair is the meeting and interchange point for professionals in the tobacco industry and the Welcome Evening, held in the Antiguo Almacén de la Madera y el Tabaco at the Havana port, will pay tribute to San Cristobal de La Habana brand for its 20 years.

The programme will feature master classes and keynote speeches, led by recognised experts in the world of Habanos at the International Seminar.

The XXI edition of the Habanos Festival will organise, for the second year in a row, the Habanos World Challenge.

The evening dedicated to Hoyo de Monterrey Gran Reserva Double Coronas Cosecha 2013 will be held at the El Laguito Reception Hall on Wednesday February 20, with a cocktail dinner.

The Gala Evening, held on February 22, will be the grand finale to the Festival and will pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Trinidad brand. The event will conclude with the Hombre Habano Awards and the traditional Humidors Auction, with all proceeds going to the Cuban Public Health System.

Shows:

INTERVIEWS

Luis Sánchez-Harguindey, Co-chairman of Habanos, SA. (in Spanish)

00:00 2018 ha sido un año fantástico para Habanos. En 2017 había sido ya muy bueno en donde alcanzamos la cifra de 500 millones de dólares y el año pasado alcanzamos la cifra record de 537 millones de dólares que representa un 7% de incremento frente al año anterior.

Luis Sánchez-Harguindey, Co-chairman of Habanos, S.A. (in English)

00:15 2018 has been a fantastic year for Habanos. In 2017 we already grew to 500 million dollars our revenues and in 2018 we reached the record figure of 537 million, which represents a 7% increase.

00:30 Well, Habanos had a fantastic year last year. In 2017 we already reached 500 million dollars and this year we reached 537 million, which is a great figure outperforming the luxury sector.

José María López Inchaurbe, Vicepresident of Development of Habanos, S.A. (in English)

00:45 The main region for Habanos continued to be Europe, which is our traditional market. And in this year it had an impressive growth of 13% in value sales, which for traditional and mature markets is a significant figure. Then we have Asia-Pacific, with a growth of 9% in terms of value. Africa and Middle East grew 5% during last year and Latin America grew 2% in 2018. So all our regions have experienced growth during last year.

In terms of markets, Spain continued to be the first market for Habanos and had an impressive 22% growth in value during last year and China has become our second market overpassing France with an incredible growth of 55% versus last year. Of course is an emerging market and the habanos culture is arriving to China in a very rapid rate so we are also encouraging a lot our investments in China. And the third market is France, the fourth market is Germany and the fifth market continued to be Cuba.

Inocente Núñez, Co-chairman of Habanos, S.A. (in Spanish)

01:57 Después de 20 ediciones del Festival del Habano que indudablemente han sido todo un éxito continuamos teniendo unas expectativas tremendísimas por parte de los aficionados de los puros habanos precisamente porque hay dos grandes protagonistas. Primeramente el propio habano y en segundo lugar todas las personas que lo aman, que lo apasionan y que están muy a tono con lo que estamos haciendo y por supuesto nuestros equipos que están constantemente diseñando, elaborando y novedando cosas para atraer la atención de nuestros clientes y aficionados.

02:35 Vamos a presentar varias novedades en San Cristóbal de La Habana y en Trinidad porque son dos marcas que cumplen aniversario. Además vamos también a tener novedades en la marca Hoyo de Monterrey que vamos a sacar la gran reserva 2013 con hojas añejadas de 5 años.

VIDEO FOOTAGE

03:03 21st Habanos Festival opening

04:32 Press conference

05:20 Havana footage

05:36 Tobacco crops

06:34 Habanos cigar factories

Other: The Habanos Festival, is the most prestigious event dedicated to Premium Cigars.

For more information visit http://www.habanos.com

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The 20th Habano Festival Humidor Auction Raises 1.7 Million Dollars At Glamorous Gala Evening

HAVANA, CUBA – This annual meeting for fans of the world’s best tobacco reached a milestone in its history, as the 20th Habano Festival gathered more than 2,000 participants from over 50 countries who have been able to get a first sight into the most significant Habanos announcements.

– During the evening the new Línea Maduro of Partagás was presented.

The auction raised 1.7 million US dollars (1.4 million euros) in the traditional “Humidors Auction” which will be donated to public health services in Cuba.

Orishas provided the music to an evening that gave the final touch to the 20th Anniversary of the Habanos Festival.

The actor Demián Bichir, with an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, was one of the guests.

Darius Namdar from Great Britain won the XVII Edition of the International Habanosommelier Contest.

The XX Habanos Festival has come to an end with the Gala Evening -in tribute to a very special edition, that of its 20th Anniversary- for the world’s best tobacco lovers from more than 70 countries.

The new Línea Maduro of Partagás was presented, incorporating two new vitolas characterized by their maduro wrappers.

Attendees tasted the new Maduro No 2 (55 x 120mm) and Maduro No 3 (50 x 145mm) vitolas and, also, the Maduro No 1 (52 x 130mm), presented for the first time in 2015 for La Casa del Habano and Habanos Specialists, that now joins the regular portfolio creating this new line. Their maduro wrappers, as a result of an extra period of fermentation, enhances their full-strength blend in line with Partagás traditional and intense flavour.

These Habanos are made Totalmente a Mano con Tripa Larga – Totally by Hand with Long Filler – with specially selected leaves from Pinar del Río*, Cuba*.

The Gala Evening featured performances by artists as Elain Morales, Yaser Manzano, Carlos Varela and Edesio Alejandro, Laritza Bacallao, Waldo Mendoza and Irene Rodríguez and Habana Compas.

Orishas, the Cuban group who are highly regarded internationally, delighted all the attendees with their unmistakable rhythm and musical quality.

The Habanos Festival concluded with the traditional Humidors Auction with 7 humidors auctioned, raising 1,485,000€ for the Cuban Public Health System.

The 2017 Habanos Awards prizes were given to: Franchesco Minetti, Communication Category,   Ercan Hazar, Business category, for developing the Habano cigar market in Austria; Virginio Morales, Production category.

Darius Namdar from Great Britain won the XVII Edition of the International Habanosommelier Contest. Finalists were faced with a practical Habano cutting and lighting test and a descriptive tasting and pairing session with different beverages.

The aficionados winning couple of the I Habanos World Challenge were Alexis Tsielepis and Raffi Der Gara Betian from Cyprus.

This special 20th Anniversary edition of the Habanos Festival has brought together over 2,200 participants from more than 70 different countries.

Dance, the best Cuban music with Orishas as a guest stars, glamour and celebrities mingle in a special night that ended up with the traditional Humidor Auction.

This annual meeting for fans of the world’s best tobacco reached a milestone in its history, as the 20th Habano Festival gathered more than 2,000 participants from over 50 countries who have been able to get a first sight into the most significant Habanos announcements.

The Habanos Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary of bringing the lovers of the world’s best tobacco together in Havana.

Shows: 00:00 20th Anniversary Party at Teatro Martí in Havana

00:45 20th Anniversary Party at Gran Teatro La Habana, Havana

00:50 Perfomance of Descemer Bueno and Spanish singer Tamara

01:06 Perfomance of Descemer Bueno and Spanish singer La Dama

01:22 Habanos and Brandy Torres marriage

01:56 Master class on torcido (Rolling technique)

02:21 Visit to La Corona habanos factory

03:04 17th Habanosommelier International Contest finals

03:45 1st Habano World Challenge finals

04:35 Presentation of the 1st Habano World Challenge award

04:46 Presentation of the 17th Habanosommelier International Contest award

05:00 Gala Night of the 20th Habano Festival

05:13 Mexican actor Demián Bichir at the Gala Night of the 20th Habano Festival

05:25 Arrival of guests to the Gala Night

05:46 Cuban performers on stage

06:30 Cuban band Orishas performs at the Gala Night

06:59 Humidors auction

Other: The Habanos Festival, the most prestigious event dedicated to Premium Cigars will be held in Havana from February 26th to March 2nd, 2018.

Its 20th Edition, bodes a wide program of activities that combines the knowledge about the Habano and the enjoyment of the latest novelties of Habanos, S.A.

The turnover of Grupo Habanos reached 500 million dollars in 2017, representing a 12% growth at fixed exchange rate compared to the previous year.

For more information visit http://www.habanos.com

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Mar, 03, 2018

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