GRAND OPENING THE FIRST HABANOS SPECIALIST STORE IN VIET NAM – 11/11/2019 - Golden Phoenix
November 11, 2019, marks the new era of Cuban cigar culture integration in Vietnam – the first and official Habanos Specialist store located in the center of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
There are few things in the world known as the best of their kind, a Habano – or Havana cigar is one of them, all premium cigars here are hand-crafted on this most significant island of the Caribbean. The tobacco plants here are imbued with the unique flavor of this unique land in the world. Someone tried to grow the tobacco plants somewhere else had come to the conclusion that: “Only tobacco grown in Cuba can bring the Cuban tobacco flavor.”
Speaking of Cuban cigars, it is impossible not to mention the name Habanos. Habanos (not capitalized) usually means the origin of Havana. In the Spanish, Habanos means Havana cigars, and sometimes cigars in general. In Cuba, Habanos is a government corporation that distributes all Cuban-made cigar and tobacco brands in the countries where it is exported and franchised to La Casa del Habano.
For distribution control and protection against counterfeit, Habanos S.A. only exports to one company in each country, such as UK, Germany, Switzerland. Now, in Vietnam, connoisseurs can also find the Habanos store at 43 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, TP. Ho Chi Minh.
Opened on November 11, 2019, the store is a winning combination of two leading companies in the world: Diageo and Habanos. The opening ceremony was proud to have 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 businessmen and celebrities in Viet Nam.
Regarding the decision to open a showroom to display and sell products associated with Cuban culture, Mr. Inocente Nunez Blanco said: “We think this is the right time to bring many unique products in Cuba and introduce them to Vietnamese consumers. Viet Nam and Cuba not only have 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 operates by Golden Phoenix Co., Ltd and Avanti-Group Company Limited, an exclusive distributor of The Pacific Cigar and Habanos S.A. in Vietnam. Habanos Specialist Vietnam offers an exclusive selection of premium and limited edition whisky from Diageo Company and the full range of fine Cuban cigars impeccably stored in 24/7 professionally built walk-in humidor that ensures precise and ideal storage conditions for Habanos lovers smoking pleasure.