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Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba

Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba
By LISA MONTI

Biloxi businessman Mike Alise was among a delegation from Mississippi
who traveled to Cuba in February to look for trade opportunities.
Alise, the owner and operator of Gulf Coast Produce, said he was struck
by the lack of available food on the island and the fact that Cuba has… Continue reading

Cuba Holds World Record For Visa Applications Rejected By The United States

Cuba Holds World Record For Visa Applications Rejected By The United States

14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 25 March 2017 – Maria,
59, has a daughter in Miami she hasn’t seen for six years. Her visa
applications have been denied three times and she promised herself that
she would never “step foot in” the US consulate in Havana again.

Cuba… Continue reading

Never belonging – Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba

Never belonging: Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba
OPINIONMIGUEL DE LA TORRE | MARCH 28, 2017

Returning to the land which witnessed my birth is always a gut-wrenching
experience. Separation from my island has now been five times longer
than Odysseus’ was from his. But unlike Odysseus, who was returning to a
place he was familiar with, I… Continue reading

Bubble Bursts for Flights Between Cuba and the United States

Bubble Bursts for Flights Between Cuba and the United States

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 17 March 2017 — A year ago the headlines
left no doubt: Cuba was Americans’ new destination and that country’s
airlines fought for their piece of pie of flights to the island. After
the initial enthusiasm, several of these companies have cut back on the
frequency… Continue reading

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?
By Neal Simpson
The Patriot Ledger

HAVANA – At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny
Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi.

We didn’t, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English
and even willing to answer a… Continue reading

Cuba official – Mich. could be trade partner, investor

Cuba official: Mich. could be trade partner, investor
Charles E. Ramirez, The Detroit News 3:17 p.m. ET March 21, 2017

Detroit — Michigan and Cuba could be great business partners, Cuba’s
ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday.

“I think (like Cuba,) your main asset here is the people,” José Ramón
Cabañas Rodríguez said after his keynote address to the Detroit… Continue reading

Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations

Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 9:28 P.M.
By Emily Swanson and Michael Weissenstein
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – A rare poll of Cuban public opinion has found that most of
the island’s citizens approve of normal relations with the United States
and large majorities want more tourists to visit and the expansion… Continue reading

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business
The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda”
by Suzanne Cope Mar 21, 2017, 2:02pm EDT

On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a
palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band
playing Cuban folk songs — and eating notoriously difficult-to-procure… Continue reading

As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba relations?

As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba
relations?
Karen Gilchrist | @_karengilchrist
Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 | 9:02 AM ET
CNBC.com

U.S. airlines Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines have become the
latest to bow out of Cuba due to weakened demand, posing new questions
about the U.S’s future relationship with its former Cold War… Continue reading

Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost

Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:30 am
By David Bordewyk

Running an Italian restaurant plus a small bed and breakfast keeps owner
Yucimy on her feet from sunrise to well past sunset. It’s 7 a.m., and
she is already preparing omelets for her five B&B guests. Her cheerful
greeting helps everyone shake… Continue reading

Airlines rushed to fly to Cuba. Here’s why they’ve now pulled back.

Airlines rushed to fly to Cuba. Here’s why they’ve now pulled back.
Mar 20, 2017, 2:02pm EDT
INDUSTRIES & TAGS Travel & Tourism

Multiple commercial airlines in recent days have announced they will
drop their flights to Cuba, a stark reversal from the enthusiasm the
industry displayed when bidding for permission to fly those routes just
last year.

Even airlines… Continue reading

Hopes too high, too soon?

Cuba: Hopes too high, too soon?
PUBLISHED: 03/16/17 05:21 PM EDT. UPDATED: 03/19/17 07:27 AM EDT.

It’s been almost a year since President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba,
the first American President to visit the Communist island in almost 90
years.

As I look back on the trip I took that week in 2016 to Havana, my hopes
for Cuba… Continue reading

Comer visits Cuba, examines agriculture

Comer visits Cuba, examines agriculture
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:15 AM
By Jackson French Bowling Green Daily News

BOWLING GREEN — U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, recently
visited Cuba and hopes to restore agricultural trade with the island
nation and provide the United States with a valuable new market for
agricultural exports.

Comer said Cuba is a “logical” market… Continue reading

Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality

Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality
George Diaz
Orlando Sentinel
“So when are you going to Cuba?”

I get that a lot, maybe once a week. It’s understandable, since I am a
home-grown Cubano, at least until I was almost 5 years old. That’s when
my parents, in an act of ultimate sacrifice, left everything behind
except their dignity… Continue reading

The Cuba travel bubble is popping

Analysis: The Cuba travel bubble is popping
Fabiola Santiago
Miami Herald

At the height of the Cuba travel frenzy, unleashed by the restoration of
diplomatic relations and relaxed U.S. travel rules, not a day went by
without an onslaught of photos on social media of americanos cruising
Havana in antique convertibles and puffing on cigars. The island was
pronounced awesome,… Continue reading

Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again

Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again
American Airlines has already reduced its capacity in Cuba and JetBlue
Airways is set to do so in early May. This week, Silver Airways and
Frontier Airlines said they will exit the Cuban market entirely.
Adam Levine-Weinberg (TMFGemHunter) Mar 15, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Just six months ago, a slew of U.S. airlines were eager… Continue reading

Two U.S. Airlines Are Already Done With Cuba

Two U.S. Airlines Are Already Done With Cuba
Too many flights and too little demand send Silver and Frontier packing.
by Justin Bachman
March 14, 2017, 9:45 AM GMT+1

U.S. airlines that rushed into Cuba last year knew the going would be
tough. But it’s turned out to be such an unexpected financial slog that
two carriers are now quitting… Continue reading

Airlines Drop Cuba Flights, Citing Lower Demand Than Anticipated

Airlines Drop Cuba Flights, Citing Lower Demand Than Anticipated
By FRANCES ROBLES MARCH 13, 2017

Just six months after being the first airline to sell seats on regularly
scheduled flights to Cuba, Silver Airways, a regional carrier based in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that specializes in smaller markets, will scrap
its service to the island next month. It is the latest… Continue reading

The first Cuba tourism boom is over. Here comes the next wave -cruises

The first Cuba tourism boom is over. Here comes the next wave: cruises
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Havana was exploding in yanqui frenzy. Seven hundred Americans streamed
across its streets one steamy May 2016 morning on an expedition of
rediscovery. They were the first to arrive via sea since John F. Kennedy
was president.

The wave of change was crashing… Continue reading

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan
Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba being a member of the
Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit piracy.
This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants,
especially those born with the compound surnames Castro Soto del Valle… Continue reading

American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules

American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules
BY DAVID G. MOLYNEAUX
TheTravelMavens.com

ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, CUBA
After a calm winter’s night at anchor on Cuba’s remote Siguanea Bay, 34
American travelers on the 150-foot motor-sailor Panorama II awakened
before dawn and collected their snorkeling gear, prepared for a ride on
a local boat to the southwest corner of Isla… Continue reading

Nestle close to signing off on new factory in Cuba

Nestle close to signing off on new factory in Cuba
SARAH MARSH
HAVANA — Reuters
Published Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017 3:51PM EST
Last updated Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017 4:38PM EST

Swiss firm Nestle is close to reaching a deal with Cuba on forming a new
joint venture to build a $50-million to $60-million factory to produce
coffee, biscuits and cooking… Continue reading

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