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A new era of Cuban cigar culture integration in Vietnam began on 11 November with grand opening of the first official Habanos Specialist store located in the center of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

The store is a winning combination of two leading companies in the world: Diageo and Habanos. The opening ceremony included the presence of Habanos SA Co-President Sr. Inocente Nuñez Blanco; Habanos SA Vice President Commercial Sr. Leopoldo Cintta Gonzalez; The Pacific Cigar Company Area Director Sr. Gonzalo Alvarez Elola; Regional Director Thailand & CLMV Mr. Joe P. Thawilvejjakul; Consul General of the Republic of Cuba in Ho Chi Minh City: Mrs. Indira Lopez Arguelles and many famous Vietnamese business people and celebrities.

“We think this is the right time to bring many unique products in Cuba and introduce them to Vietnamese consumers,” said Mr. Inocente Nunez Blanco, regarding the decision to open a showroom to display and sell products associated with Cuban culture. “Vietnam and Cuba not only have a long-lasting friendships and beautiful memories passing through the years but now, we also want to share the best experience of Cuban culture. ”

Ms. Indira Lopez Arguelles also expressed her hope that the opening of this first store will further strengthen the trade relations between the two countries.

The first official Habanos Specialist in Vietnam is operated by Golden Phoenix Co., Ltd and Avanti-Group Company Limited, an exclusive distributor of The Pacific Cigar Company and Habanos S.A. in Vietnam. Habanos Specialist Vietnam offers an exclusive selection of premium and limited-edition whisky from Diageo and the full range of Cuban cigars impeccably stored in a professionally built walk-in humidor that ensures precise storage conditions ideal for Habanos lovers’ smoking pleasure.

Samuel Spurr has been Cigar Journal’s Asia-Pacific contributor since his first feature on the Australian cigar scene in 2006. Regularly writing, Tweeting, and Instagramming about cigars, he’s recognized in Australia as a cigar authority and frequently hosts cigar master classes.


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