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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

Sweating Is Not For Cuba’s New Rich

Sweating Is Not For Cuba’s New Rich

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 20 June 2017 — The passenger complains
of the heat while frantically moving the fan. “In a few days I will
install an air conditioning,” justifies the taxi driver and adds that he
will charge “higher fares.” In summer everyone dreams of
air-conditioning their rooms or vehicles, but whether… Continue reading

How to get off the eaten track in Santiago de Cuba

How to get off the eaten track in Santiago de Cuba
A trip to Santiago de Cuba should start with dinner at a paladar
(family-run restaurant) and end with drinks on the roof of the Hotel
Casa Granda.
By JENNIFER BAIN Travel Editor
Wed., June 21, 2017

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA-Ramon Guilarte welcomes us to his home and
restaurant with… Continue reading

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the
official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the
government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward
Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic
thaw, when political propaganda revolved around confrontation… Continue reading

How Trump’s Cuba policy impacts US travelers

How Trump’s Cuba policy impacts US travelers
BY MELANIE ZANONA – 06/18/17 08:00 AM EDT 72

Americans may need to rethink their travel plans to Cuba in the wake of
President Trump’s effort to crack down on the communist regime.

The White House announced a slew of new restrictions on Friday aimed at
tightening travel and commercial ties between the… 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

Foreigners and Cubans: Princes and Paupers

Foreigners and Cubans: Princes and Paupers
FRANCISCO ALMAGRO DOMÍNGUEZ | Miami | 15 de Junio de 2017 – 15:39 CEST.

A woman friend of mine who lives in Miami recently traveled to the
Island with her children. As her father is Cuban, she wanted her
children to meet the family members who are still there. She had
postponed the trip… Continue reading

Trump’s Cuba Policy Changes Could Mean Lost Opportunities For Texas

Trump’s Cuba Policy Changes Could Mean Lost Opportunities For Texas
The Port of Houston stands to benefit from increased energy and
agricultural trade with Cuba, if and when Congress lifts the U.S.
embargo on the island nation.
ANDREW SCHNEIDER | POSTED ON JUNE 13, 2017, 5:22 PM

President Trump is soon expected to announce plans that could tighten
restrictions on… 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

South Florida companies hoping to preserve Cuba gains await new Trump rules

South Florida companies hoping to preserve Cuba gains await new Trump rules
Arlene Satchell
Sun Sentinel

When U.S.-based airlines and cruise lines flew or sailed through former
President Barack Obama’s historic opening to Cuba, few expected that the
door might be slammed shut or partially closed by his successor in the
White House.

But that’s the prospect those and other… Continue reading

How will President Trump change Obama’s Cuba policy?

How will President Trump change Obama’s Cuba policy?
Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)
Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:12pm

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his changes on Friday.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to roll back parts of
President Barack Obama’s improvement of relations with Cuba, siding with
hawks who oppose detente and rejecting demands from U.S. businesses… Continue reading

Trump and Francis may face new tensions over Cuba

Trump and Francis may face new tensions over Cuba
John L. Allen Jr.June 12, 2017 EDITOR

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis had a cordial meeting on May 24,
stressing areas of agreement such as religious freedom and persecuted
Christians in the Middle East. Since then, however, a Vatican aide
described Trump’s pullout from the Paris climate change accord as… 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

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

Cuba then and now: LGBT progress is real

Cuba then and now: LGBT progress is real
As the country opens its doors even farther, U.S. fundamentalists are
looking for influence and to proselytize — not a good omen for LGBT Cubans.
Mark Segal, Philadelphia Gay News Jun 5, 2017

It was 20 years ago when I first reported on the state of LGBT life in
Cuba, and the… 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

In Cuba, nothing is allowed but everything happens

Derek B. Miller: In Cuba, nothing is allowed but everything happens
By Derek B Miller
Published: May 24, 2017 10:00 a.m.
Updated: May 23, 2017 1:21 p.m.

Utah business and community leaders recently visited Cuba on a
fact-finding mission and discovered a beautiful country with welcoming
people. Asked at every turn where we were from, the answer “America” was
met… Continue reading

“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — In the midst of a wave of pressure from
the authorities, members of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC)
have issued a declaration of commitment to their work on the island. “We
are not leaving Cuba, we are not leaving the… Continue reading

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

14ymedio, Havana, 14 May 2017 – This Sunday Cuban State Security
prevented Yoandy Izquierdo, a member of the Center for Coexistence
Studies (CEC), from boarding a flight to Sweden to participate in the
Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF). The car in which the activist was
traveling to José Martí International… Continue reading

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

HAVANA — An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate claims authorities
prevented him from traveling to Havana late last week to meet with a
delegation of U.S. advocates.
Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Federation for LGBTI Rights,
told the Washington Blade he received a summons that ordered him to
report to police headquarters… Continue reading

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