Cuban Cigar Roller Presented with Guinness World Record Certificate
Havana, Cuba, Nov 25.- Cuban cigar roller Jose Cautelar Cairo (Cueto), who rolled an 81.8-meter-long cigar last May, was presented in Havana with the official certificate that validates his fifth Guinness World Record by Dianna Melrose, ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Cuba.
Melrose encouraged Cueto, who hand-rolled the largest cigar in the world during the 31st International Tourism Fair held at the Morro-Cabaña Fortress in the Cuban capital, to continue working in favor of Cuba’s prestige in this field worldwide.
Speaking with CAN, the diplomat said that this is also an accomplishment by Cuba as it means more prestige to its cigars, which are internationally known for their high quality; it boosts Cuban cigar sales abroad, and attracts more tourism to the Caribbean island.
She mentioned that her country is one of Cuba’s main tourist markets, with about 200,000 visitors this year. She added that she feels confident that Cuba will continue being an attractive destination for European tourists, especially for the British.
During the ceremony, participants also recognized the contribution of those who cooperated with Cueto in this endeavor like cigar roller Hamlet Jaime Paredes, from the Romeo and Juliet Cigar Factory.
Cueto achieved his first Guinness record in 2001, with a hand-rolled cigar of 11.4 meters; the second one was in 2003 (14.86); the third in 2005 (20.41); and the fourth in 2008 (45.38); all of them were also certified by the Guinness World Records.
On this occasion, the Morro-Cabaña Museum inaugurated a room called “El Guinness Cueto” (Cuetos’ Guinness), with life-sized reproductions and pictures of the most important moments of these creations.
This famous Cuban cigar roller was very happy by the side of friends, relatives, and other personalities; he was only shocked when someone asked him if he would be able to hand-roll another cigar of the size of the Malecon (Havana’s famous seafront wall). (ACN)
Friday, November 25, 2011
Source: Radio Cadena Agramonte