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 After an intense week dedicated to the best premium cigars of the world, Havana’s Convention Center hosted on Friday the closing ceremony of the 20th Habano Festival’s International Seminar and Trade Fair.

“Once again, especially in its twentieth anniversary, the Festival has gone beyond expectations,” the Development Vice-president for Habanos, S.A., Jose Maria Lopez Inchaurbe, said and highlighted the presence of over 184 exhibitors from 15 countries, so the Fair has established a new attendance record if compared to previous editions.

During the closing ceremony, the 17th Habanosommelier International Contest award was given to British Darius Namdar; while the Cypriot team, made up of Raffi Der Garapetian and Alexis Tselepi, conquered the crown in the first edition of the Habanos World Challenge.

As for Free Stand, Modular Stand and Comprehensive Communication categories, the awards were handed to Brascuba, Tecnoazúcar and Palmares, respectively; and mentions were given to Havana Club, La Estancia and Cimex. On the other hand, Cuba Ron and Comercial Iberoamericana got the prize granted to the most visited stands. The presence of Cohiba Atmosphere and Ariola Vigne e Vini in the Trade Fair was highlighted, with the modular stand proposals.

Habanos, S.A. praised Bodegas Torres for its special tasting session between Brandis Torres and Habanos, dedicated to the Festival’s twentieth anniversary; and Viña Santa Carolina, from Chile, for the pairing between Premium wines and Habanos. Likewise, a mention was given to Andrea Balzani, from Italy, for matching Cohiba Pirámides Extra and Amarone Della Valpolicella 2006 drinks, Romano dal Forno winery.

The closing ceremony was attended by the Co-presidents of Habanos S.A., Inocente Nuñez Blanco and Luis Sanchez-Harguindey; as well as Leopoldo Cintra Gonzalez, Marketing Vice-president; Elvis Placer Cervera, Logistics Vice-president; Borja Casanova, Financial Vice-president; Ernesto Gonzalez, Operational Marketing Director; Rodrigo Gonzalez, Strategic Marketing Director, among other executives.

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