The number of cigar connoisseurs in Lebanon has increased with the growth of a cigar culture, say Ziad Zeidan and Wael Zeidan of Phoenicia Trading, the company behind La Casa del Habano cigar shops, Beirut Duty Free and the exclusive importers of Cuban cigars to Lebanon.
Within the top five largest importers of cigars worldwide, Lebanon is the largest market for Cuban cigars in the Middle East and La Casa del Habano at the Beirut Airport Duty Free is the No.
According to La Casa del Habano sales figures, the most popular cigar brands in Lebanon -- in order of rank -- are Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo & Juliet, Partagas and Hoyo de Monterrey.
The average cost for a Cuban cigar in Lebanon according to La Casa del Habano is just under $12 -- but many factors can affect the pricing.
Cuba's government-owned tobacco company is suing Houmani in federal court in Detroit, claiming the name of his four shops, La Casa De La Habana, is illegal because it's too similar to its own franchised shops, known around the world as La Casa del Habano
, reports AP (Jan.
Un elemento basico para el desarrollo es la expansion de la franquicia La Casa del Habano
", explica Ignacio Balmaseda, director de La Casa del Habano
Podemos vender US$15 millones en tabacos al ano, pero no tenemos suministro suficiente", afirma apesadumbrado el dueno, Bob Chen, quien tambien dirige la Casa del Habano
, un selecto salon de fumar en la acaudalada zona de Jardins en Rio, una de un punado de franquicias cubanas en todo el mundo.
A more eye-catching retailer is La Casa del Habano
, the official retailer of Cuban cigars overseas.
La Casa del Habano
is the company's fourth outlet in China.