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Southwest drops two routes to Cuba; Havana flights to stay

Southwest drops two routes to Cuba; Havana flights to stay
Ben Mutzabaugh , USA TODAY Published 8:46 a.m. ET June 29, 2017

Southwest Airlines will ax two of its three routes to Cuba, becoming the
latest U.S. carrier to trim flights to the nation amid disappointing
demand.

Southwest said flights to Varadero and Santa Clara will be discontinued
so that… Continue reading

What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island

What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Since President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy, Tom Popper’s
phone has been ringing off the hook.

Callers have questions, lots of questions, about how they can travel to
Cuba as individuals, what people-to-people tours are and how they can
visit Cuba.

Others are… Continue reading

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

Will New Cuba Travel Policy Hurt U.S. Airlines?

Will New Cuba Travel Policy Hurt U.S. Airlines?
Zacks Equity Research

On Jun 16, President Trump announced some changes to current U.S. policy
on Cuba, which were put into action by his predecessor Barack Obama. The
new policy is in line with Trump’s promise during the campaigning phase.
In fact, Trump had reportedly tweeted in November last year that he… Continue reading

Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami’s Cubans are divided

Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami’s Cubans are divided
Les Neuhaus

When President Trump scaled back President Obama’s pact that broadened
relations with Cuba, he said he was “completely canceling” a “terrible
and misguided deal.”

There was a time in Florida when the Cuban American community would have
reacted to such an announcement with almost uniform approval.

But… Continue reading

What does Trump’s new Cuba policy mean for travel to island?

What does Trump’s new Cuba policy mean for travel to island?
MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and DAVID KOENIG,Associated Press • June 17,

HAVANA (AP) — Here’s what’s changing with President Donald Trump’s new
policy on travel to Cuba, announced Friday:

BEFORE DETENTE

Before former President Barack Obama launched detente with Cuba in
December 2014, most Americans without family ties to Cuba traveled… Continue reading

Trump’s Cuba decision gives pause to U.S. companies doing business there

Trump’s Cuba decision gives pause to U.S. companies doing business there
by Julia Horowitz @juliakhorowitz
June 16, 2017: 7:03 PM ET

President Trump said he’s “canceling” Obama’s deal with Cuba. But that
agreement was good for a lot of American businesses.
Many U.S. firms have welcomed the opening of a new market roughly 100
miles from the U.S. coast.
Now,… Continue reading

President Trump’s ballyhooed Cuba travel policy is topsy-turvy

President Trump’s ballyhooed Cuba travel policy is topsy-turvy
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
fsantiago@miamiherald.com

My first reaction to President Donald Trump’s ballyhooed Cuba policy was
to message my millennial American daughter to let her know that she can
go ahead with her plans to visit Havana: “You can book your cruise.”

Turns out the supposedly big reversal of President Barack Obama’s
engagement… Continue reading

Americans will still be able to travel to Cuba, but rules will be stricter

Americans will still be able to travel to Cuba, but rules will be stricter
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

The good news for Americans who want to travel to Cuba is they still
can, but a draft of President Donald Trump’s presidential policy
directive indicates they shouldn’t even think of sneaking away for a day
on a Cuban beach.

And they… Continue reading

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
pmazzei@miamiherald.com

In an overhaul of one of his predecessor’s signature legacies, President
Donald Trump will redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening
travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened under President
Barack Obama and banning U.S. business transactions with… Continue reading

The Cuban visa business: murky but profitable

The Cuban visa business: murky but profitable
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com

Despite the recent start of regular commercial flights to Cuba by U.S.
airlines and a record number of passengers, the process of traveling to
the island can be murky and confusing to U.S. visitors.

After decades of charter flights, the U.S. commercial flights are slowly
educating visitors about the… Continue reading

High on Cuba policy proposal: restricting U.S. business deals with Cuba’s military-run entities

High on Cuba policy proposal: restricting U.S. business deals with
Cuba’s military-run entities
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Cuban-American members of Congress have been pushing the Trump
administration to restrict deals between U.S. companies and Cuban firms
controlled by the island’s military, as part of the new Trump policy
toward Cuba expected to be announced this week in Miami.

White… 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

Obama opened the U.S. up to Cuba, and Trump may be about to close it again

Obama opened the U.S. up to Cuba, and Trump may be about to close it again
By Matt Spetalnick Reuters

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected to
visit Miami as early as next Friday to announce a new Cuba policy that
could tighten rules on trade and travel, rolling back parts of former
President Barack Obama’s… Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy: What’s at stake for the island?

Trump’s new Cuba policy: What’s at stake for the island?
By Will Grant
Cuba correspondent, BBC News
From the section Latin America & Caribbean

Warmer ties with Cuba after almost 60 years of hostility was one of
President Barack Obama’s main foreign policy legacies.
He and Cuban leader Raul Castro agreed to normalise diplomatic relations
in December 2014 and in… Continue reading

Cuba holiday CRISIS: Britons warned to take THIS to airport or risk being refused entry

Cuba holiday CRISIS: Britons warned to take THIS to airport or risk
being refused entry

CUBA holidays have spiked in popularity this year with a British tourist
boom, but there’s one critical addition you’ll need to your trip.
By CLAUDIA CUSKELLY
PUBLISHED: 12:42, Wed, Jun 7, 2017 | UPDATED: 13:02, Wed, Jun 7, 2017

Over a third of Brits (37… Continue reading

Should US Entrepreneurs Make Their Way to Cuba?

Should US Entrepreneurs Make Their Way to Cuba?
Entrepreneurs: this could be big.
By James Paine
Founder, West Realty Advisors@JamesCPaine

There’s a new possible hotspot for entrepreneurship that might surprise
you: Cuba.

Now that relations between the U.S. and Cuba are warming up, many
entrepreneurs see the island nation as an intriguing choice. When former
President Obama announced that he’d… Continue reading

If Trump reverses the U.S. Cuba policy, airlines and cruise lines could lose $3.5 billion

If Trump reverses the U.S. Cuba policy, airlines and cruise lines could
lose $3.5 billion
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Cruise lines and airlines stand to lose $3.5 billion and more than
10,000 jobs over the course of President Donald Trump’s four-year term
if the administration fully rolls back all of the United States’ Cuba
regulations, according to a report by… Continue reading

Trump Threatens to Rescind Obama’s Cuba Engagement—and Activists Fight Back

Trump Threatens to Rescind Obama’s Cuba Engagement—and Activists Fight Back
The advocacy community now includes travel agencies, airline and
agricultural companies, and a growing number of politicians.
By Peter KornbluhTwitterTODAY 7:00 AM

At mid-day on May 29, the conservative media website The Daily Caller
posted an “exclusive” story titled “Trump Set To Roll Back Obama’s Cuba
Policies.” The article stated… Continue reading

Americans are visiting Cuba, but not in the numbers expected

Americans are visiting Cuba, but not in the numbers expected

HAVANA, Cuba — It’s been nearly a year since direct commercial flights
began from the U.S. to Cuba — and Americans are making trips to the
communist nation long off-limits, but not in the numbers expected.

Claire Jerome from Boston is among the surging number of Americans
visiting Cuba. Last… Continue reading

Donald Trump to reverse Barack Obama’s Cuba policies after breakthrough of decades-old stalemate

Donald Trump to reverse Barack Obama’s Cuba policies after breakthrough
of decades-old stalemate
The administration has been reviewing the US-Cuba relationship since
taking office
Mythili Sampathkumar New York @MythiliSk

Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro visit during an exposition
game between the Cuban national team and the Major League Baseball team
Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Havana, Cuba March… Continue reading

Competing airline offers L.A. tickets to family refused Cuba vacation refund

Competing airline offers L.A. tickets to family refused Cuba vacation refund

Air Canada comes to the rescue for Calgary family

Calgary family who thought struggles with Sunwing Vacations would ground
travel plans, is set to depart. Kamil Karamali explains.
Sunwing refuses cancellation request

A family fearing the Zika virus will affect their unborn child can’t get
a refund on a… Continue reading

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