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Turismo, el pastel solo para unos pocos

Turismo, el pastel solo para unos pocos
El sector debería ser inclusivo con los inversionistas cubanos
Lunes, mayo 22, 2017 | Miriam Leiva

LA HABANA, Cuba.- El turismo podría convertirse en la industria
propulsora del despertar productivo y económico en Cuba. El pequeño
archipiélago del mar Caribe, a 90 millas de Estados Unidos, posee una
naturaleza espléndida, un pueblo acogedor,… Continue reading

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García

Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand
Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd,
next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and
insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers
in the neighbourhood and beggars who survive… Continue reading

Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions

Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions
By Ivet González

BARACOA, Cuba, May 19 2017 (IPS) – A battered bridge connects the centre
of Baracoa, Cuba´s oldest city, with a singular dark-sand sandbar, known
as Tibaracón, that forms on one of the banks of the Macaguaní River
where it flows into the Caribbean Sea in northeastern Cuba.… Continue reading

Compañías hoteleras de EEUU podrían estar pensando en desembarcar en Cuba

Compañías hoteleras de EEUU podrían estar pensando en desembarcar en Cuba
16 de mayo de 2017 – 17:05

La participación de compañías hoteleras estadounidenses en la
conferencia anual de la Latin American Hotel and Tourism Investment esta
semana en La Habana es considerada por especialistas como una buena señal

El régimen cubano y varios asesores de turismo estarían preparando el… Continue reading

Compañías hoteleras de EEUU podrían estar alistándose para desembarcar en la Isla

Compañías hoteleras de EEUU podrían estar alistándose para desembarcar
en la Isla
AGENCIAS | La Habana | 16 de Mayo de 2017 – 21:54 CEST.

El Gobierno y varios asesores de turismo estarían preparando el
desembarco en la Isla de grandes compañías hoteleras.

La conferencia anual de la Latin American Hotel and Tourism Investment
se inauguró esta semana en La… Continue reading

Major U.S. hotel groups sponsor tourism investment meeting in Havana

Major U.S. hotel groups sponsor tourism investment meeting in Havana
Reuters May 16, 2017
By Marc Frank

HAVANA (Reuters) – The annual Latin American Hotel and Tourism
Investment Conferences meeting opened in Havana this week and the list
of sponsors read like the who’s who of the U.S. hotel industry.

The head of the organization, Arturo Garcia, told Reuters it… Continue reading

Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019

Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019
CRUISE LINE & CRUISE SHIP
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
JASON LEPPERT MAY 15, 2017

After the initial success of Empress of the Seas’ arrival in Cuba, Royal
Caribbean International has announced its expansion of the ship’s calls
to Havana as far out as 2019.
“Since arriving in Cuba for the first time last month,… Continue reading

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different
MAY 15, 2017 BY MONIKA DONIMIRSKA

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cuba is
experiencing a brain drain, though it’s not the kind that forecasters
were predicting when the long-closed country began opening its borders.
It’s internal brain drain, says Rebecca Bellinger, managing director of
the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith… Continue reading

Meliá Hotels International expands in Cuba

Meliá Hotels International expands in Cuba

Meliá Hotels International is set to extend its presence in the centre
of Cuba with the addition of 8 hotels, while also assisting in promoting
multi-destination vacations.

The company is now committed to enhancing quality and service in the new
hotels through their renovation and adaptation to its brand standards.
According to Meliá‘s Vice… Continue reading

Royal Caribbean will be sailing year-round to Cuba in 2018

Royal Caribbean will be sailing year-round to Cuba in 2018
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

With demand to see Cuba still hot, Royal Caribbean International is
extending its commitment to sail to the island through 2019.

The Miami-based cruise line announced Wednesday that it is initiating a
year-long Cuba program that includes 58 four- and five-night sailings
from January 2018 through… Continue reading

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba
The once-taboo island lacks tourist infrastructure. Ship operators hope
to change that.
by Christopher Palmeri
May 11, 2017, 10:00 PM GMT+2

After President Barack Obama eased restrictions on American citizens
traveling to Cuba last year, airlines raced to start service from the
U.S. to 10 cities across the island. But they quickly learned… Continue reading

Family refused Cuba vacation refund after unexpected pregnancy

Family refused Cuba vacation refund after unexpected pregnancy
Sunwing refuses cancellation request
A family fearing the Zika virus will affect their unborn child can’t get
a refund on a flight to Cuba. Kamil Karamali has details.
Jackie Dunham, CTVNews.ca
@JaclynLDunham
Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:03AM EDT

What began as a dream vacation for one Calgary family quickly turned
into… Continue reading

US Travel Companies Need a Long-Term Perspective to Capitalize on Cuba

US Travel Companies Need a Long-Term Perspective to Capitalize on Cuba

The FINANCIAL — Two years after travel restrictions between the US and
Cuba started to ease, interest in the island remains strong and growing
among US travelers.

According to a recent article by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), more
than 2 million US citizens could visit Cuba each year… Continue reading

Cuba travel is still hot for Americans, new study says

Cuba travel is still hot for Americans, new study says
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Despite some U.S. airlines’ decisions to scale back service to Cuba or
abandon their Cuba routes, Americans’ interest in visiting the island is
still strong and there’s plenty of potential for growth, according to a
new travel study.

An analysis by The Boston Consulting Group released… Continue reading

New luxury mall in socialist Cuba pits state consumerism against the poor

New luxury mall in socialist Cuba pits state consumerism against the poor
Military’s business arm has transformed Manzana de Gomez mall into an
opulent spectacle that both fascinates and alienates Cubans: ‘I can’t
buy anything
Associated Press in Havana
Tuesday 9 May 2017 16.16 BST Last modified on Tuesday 9 May 2017 18.09 BST

The saleswomen in L’Occitane en Provence’s… Continue reading

Cuba Is ‘Huge Opportunity’ for U.S. Travel Companies, BCG Says

Cuba Is ‘Huge Opportunity’ for U.S. Travel Companies, BCG Says
| May 10, 2017, at 12:18 a.m.

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba represents a “huge” but challenging opportunity
for U.S. cruise, airline and hotel companies as American visitors to the
Caribbean island could increase as much as sevenfold by 2025, according
to a report by the Boston Consulting Group.

As many… Continue reading

With Lacoste, Mont Blanc, Socialist Cuba Has 1st Luxury Mall

With Lacoste, Mont Blanc, Socialist Cuba Has 1st Luxury Mall
Cuba has its first luxury mall, thanks to the business arm of Cuba’s
army transforming a century-old shopping arcade into a temple to
conspicuous capitalism, in the heart of the capital of a nation founded
on ideals of social equality.
May 9, 2017, at 12:05 a.m.
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated… Continue reading

If Venezuela Goes to Hell, Will Things Look Bad for Cuba?

If Venezuela Goes to Hell, Will Things Look Bad for Cuba? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 28 April 2017 — Soot covers the unpainted facades of
buildings on Tenth of October Boulevard. Old American cars from the
1950s, rebuilt with modern diesel engines and now privately operated as
taxis, transit across asphalt, leaving behind a trail of black smoke and… Continue reading

A Year Later: Fewer Americans Are Considering Travel To Cuba

A Year Later: Fewer Americans Are Considering Travel To Cuba
PR Newswire May 1, 2017

RICHMOND, Va., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A year since the U.S.
government’s easing of travel restrictions to Cuba, an annual survey* by
leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance is reporting
that Americans are less interested in taking a trip to the country than… Continue reading

American interest in Cuba as a travel destination is waning: survey

American interest in Cuba as a travel destination is waning: survey

Despite the fanfare around the easing of travel restrictions to Cuba,
the results of a new survey suggest that the novelty has worn out among
Americans, with fewer travelers expressing interest in the island as a
travel destination.

About a year after major commercial airlines restored flights between
the… Continue reading

Cuba travel interest down one year after US lifts restrictions

Cuba travel interest down one year after US lifts restrictions
By Darla Guillen, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle Updated 7:45 am,
Thursday, May 4, 2017

When the U.S. lifted travel restrictions to Cuba a year ago, it seemed
there was instant and widespread interest in visiting the county.
Now, travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance says that
interested is waning.
“Our… Continue reading

Declining Interest in Cuba Hasn’t Stopped Cruise Ships From Sailing

Declining Interest in Cuba Hasn’t Stopped Cruise Ships From Sailing
by Joe Pike, Adam Leposa | May 4, 2017 11:14am

Despite a recent study by Allianz Global Assistance that showed a
declining interest in Cuba from last year to this year, suppliers
continue to pump out new Cuba products and offerings.

According to the study, 40 percent of Americans would… Continue reading

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