The capital of Cuba, Havana, was declared as one of the Seven Wonder Cities of the World on June 7 by the Swiss foundation New Seven Wonders.
(Soundbite) Bernard Weber, President of New 7 Wonders Foundation
“In any campaign the people are motivated to create the results. So in this case the Cuban people, the expats, the fans and the tourists who love Cuba and Havana are those who voted very strongly.”
The result came out through a worldwide polling conducted by the foundation, and was expected to boost the tourism industry of this Caribbean city.
(Soundbite) Eusebio Leal, Historian of Havana
“I find it an admirable recognition by the foundation of Cuba and Havana in particular. We knew and we had a deep conviction that the city is wonderful but for other people to see it that way and reach consensus to consider it as such is really very important. Anywhere in the world where we are, Havana is Havana.”
Out of 500 years of history, Havana won the honor along with La Paz (Bolivia), Doha (Qatar), Durban (South Africa), Beirut (Lebanon), Vigan (Philippines) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).