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GLITCH ON THOMAS COOK FLIGHT TO CUBA LEAVES AIRLINE WITH £500K BILL

GLITCH ON THOMAS COOK FLIGHT TO CUBA LEAVES AIRLINE WITH £500K BILL
Trip delayed 24 hours after Airbus A330 jet returned to Manchester with
oil pressure problem
SIMON CALDER TRAVEL CORRESPONDENT
@SimonCalder

Hundreds of Thomas Cook Airlines passengers have had their Cuban holiday
extended by more than 24 hours after an inflight mechanical incident
involving an Airbus A330. They will… Continue reading

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Florida, Cuba, 26 June 2017 — “The sea water
cleans everything,” Agustin reflects as he calls out his
merchandise. This 74-year-old forensic assistant now works renting
inflatable boats for the fishermen of Playa Florida, in Camagüey, a
coastal strip where tourists rarely come and the economic crisis is
strongly… Continue reading

Cuba cruises could become less flexible under new Trump policy

Cuba cruises could become less flexible under new Trump policy
Gene Sloan , USA TODAY Published 12:20 p.m. ET June 16, 2017

Cruises from the USA to Cuba will be allowed to continue under President
Trump’s new Cuba policy, but the trips could become more restrictive,
industry and Cuba watchers say.

Passengers on voyages to Cuba operated by U.S.-based companies… Continue reading

Private Carriers in Santiago de Cuba Complain About Inspections

Private Carriers in Santiago de Cuba Complain About Inspections

14ymedio, Havana, 12 June 2017 –Authorities have taken a firm stand with
private transportation in Santiago de Cuba and have begun to demand
exhaustive proof of fuel purchases from the state gas stations to verify
that they are not from the black market.

“Last Friday there was a massive operation, and… Continue reading

Finnair seeks to connect China to Cuba via Helsinki

Finnair seeks to connect China to Cuba via Helsinki
Jun 8, 2017 Aaron Karp

Finnair believes it can compete with Air China in connecting Chinese
passengers to Cuba when it launches Helsinki-Havana flights in December,
CEO Pekka Vauramo said.

Finnair, which is the midst of a period of rapid expansion, plans to
launch 2X-weekly Helsinki-Havana flights with an Airbus A350-900… Continue reading

French Airline Corsair Starts Flights to Havana

French Airline Corsair Starts Flights to Havana
CUBAN NEWS AGENCY.
Friday, 9 June, 2017

Corsair aircrafts currently flies to the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean,
Canada and West Africa

With the arrival of its first flight ever from Paris to Havana this
Thursday, June 8, the French airline Corsair, opened a new route into
the Caribbean.

Twice a week, Thursdays and… Continue reading

Found in Moscow’s Flea Markets: Car Parts, Jeans and Bargain-Hunting Cubans

Found in Moscow’s Flea Markets: Car Parts, Jeans and Bargain-Hunting Cubans

They fly 13 hours seeking items to sell in a Communist island still
starved of consumer goods

MOSCOW—Sometimes the wheels of history turn slowly. The hottest shopping
destination for Cubans is not across the water in Miami. It’s Moscow,
6,000 miles away.

Tougher U.S. border control and rising remittance… Continue reading

They Deceived Us With Tourism

They Deceived Us With Tourism

14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, 29 May 2017 — There was a time when I saw it
as natural. I understood, to say it in a certain way, that Varadero
beach was not ours despite its being in Cuban territory.

My unconscious viewed the image of that strip of land, like many, as if
it were part… Continue reading

Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops

Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 18 May 2017 — In an effort to persuade
Cubans and the international left that “Cuba is building socialism,”
while seeking to convince the world that Castroism is abandoning State
Totalitarianism and also trying to counteract the relative independence
achieved by the so-called boteros, or boatmen, as independent taxi
drivers are known,… Continue reading

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices

14ymedio, Havana, 17 May 2017 — In the midst of the morning hustle and
bustle, residents of Havana are trying to reach their destinations on
time, a challenge because of the inefficient public transport and the
sky high prices charged by the private operators of fixed-route
shared-ride taxi services. On Monday… Continue reading

Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame

Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into
Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame
May 22, 2017

Deep in the basement of the Strategic Air Command’s headquarters at
Offutt Air Force Base, Airman 1st Class Michael Davis studied the
black-and-white film squares through a magnifying lens on that October
day in 1962.

Hunched over the light table, he… 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

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

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

Cuba’s crazy used-car market

Cuba’s crazy used-car market
Why it behaves like the prime-property market
The Americas
May 11th 2017 | HAVANA

MULTIMARCAS, a car dealership on the outskirts of Havana, is not a
conventional showroom. On a recent visit it contained one salesman and,
despite the promise of variety in its name, just one car: a 2014-model
Kia Picanto with no miles on… 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

A Sip Of Electricity To Keep Driving

A Sip Of Electricity To Keep Driving

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 8 May 2017 — The worst thing that
can happen to Agustín is to have his battery go dead in the street. It
is even more terrible than the failure of a headlamp or the lack of
parking for his made-in-China electric motorcycle. The broken headlamp
and the lack… Continue reading

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba / Iván García

Iván García, 2 May 2017 — On an afternoon like any other, an underground
seller of beef, living in the southeast of Havana, bought flank steaks
wholesale from a slaughterer, to then sell them to private restaurants
and neighbours who could afford them.

He filleted the chops and… 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

Havana is collapsing

Havana is collapsing
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 4 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:28 CEST.

In the municipality of Centro Habana, which for years has witnessed
buildings collapse, what happened at the corner of Amistad and San
Miguel, in the neighborhood of Colón, did not constitute news because of
the collapse itself, but rather because there were no… Continue reading

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba
By Kari Paul
Published: May 3, 2017 6:39 a.m. ET

Interest is waning a year after the country was opened up to U.S. visitors

A flash of excitement about travel to Cuba after the country opened its
borders to the U.S. in 2016 for the first time in decades… Continue reading

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