The Nicaraguan Chamber of Tobacco has elected to cancel the 2021 International Tobacco Festival “Puro Sabor”, scheduled for January.
“Our priority is the care we want to give to our people in the factories and to the people who would have visited us for the festival. The evolution of COVID-19 is still unpredictable, so we believe we have made the best decision,” Claudio Sgroi, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Tobacco Growers, said in a statement.
Sgroi, who is also president of Mombacho Cigars S.A., explained that the decision was reached unanimously by the 28 members of the chamber.
Sgroi added that virtual factory tours and personalized virtual master classes with experts and manufacturers in Nicaragua will be ongoing over the new few months.
The premium tobacco industry employs more than 40,000 people in Nicaragua. Factories have introduced prevention and education campaigns at their facilities, as well as installing hand washing and disinfection stations at the entrance of the factories. The factories also require face masks and social distancing.