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HavanaJournal.com: Cuba Business

Cuba domain name speculators rush to invest in Cuba

Posted April 15, 2009 by publisher in Cuba Business.
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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Dozens of domain name speculators rushed to register hundreds of Cuba related domain names on April 13 and the day after President Obama announced sweeping changes to US Cuba policy as a way to “invest” (speculate really) in the business opportunities that may present themselves under this new US Cuba policy.

The change allows for unlimited travel by Cuban Americans to visit their family in Cuba and the changes allow them to wire more money to relatives in Cuba. President Obama is also encouraging communications companies to establish a presence in Cuba to increase the flow of information among the Cuban people and to the outside world.

Many people have been hand registering Cuba related domains and purchasing them in the secondary market for many years. We have seen spikes in hand registrations when there have been significant Cuba news stories in the past.

Speculators and internet entrepreneurs see the ownership of Cuba domains to be one way to invest in Cuba without even having to step foot in the country. Cuba domains can be sold, parked for revenue or developed into successful online business models. This is one way to prepare for a post-Embargo post-Castro Cuba with limited downside risk since the cost of a hand registered Cuba related domain name is less than $10 at most registrars.

It is not illegal or in violation of any OFAC sanctions to own or develop any Cuba related domain name (with the exception of Cuba’s country code .cu domains). One may have “compliance issues” if a website generates revenue from a Cuba based business and there may be other restrictions with regards to business activity involving Cuban based entities and individuals. If a domain name is simply parked to show revenue or displays Google’s Adsense advertisements then there are no compliance issues. Seek legal advice if you have any questions with regards to your Cuba business model.

City, state, region, country and destination specific domain names are called “geo domains” and are well respected by people in the domain industry. Associated Cities is the trade organization for geodomains and their Geo Domain Expo starts on April 23.

Hand Registered Cuba Related Domains

Here is the list of Cuba related domain names that were registered on April 13 and 14 (courtesy of DomainTools.com Mark Alert). As you will see, some are decent domains and some are worthless in this author’s opinion. There are also some obvious trademark violation domains. The consensus in the domain industry is that the registration of TM violation domains is unethical and unwise.

aeroportocuba.com
aeropuertodecuba.com
att-cuba.com
avioncuba.com
boletosacuba.com
cash-2-cuba.com
cash-to-cuba.com
cayoscuba.com
cheapcubanflights.com
chicacuba.com
chicagotocuba.com
climacuba.com
credito-cuba.com
cuba-adventuretravel.com
cuba-condominiums.com
cuba-connect.com
cuba-mi-corazon.com
cuba247.net
cubaamerica.com
cubaatlast.com
cubabeachtrip.com
cubabiztravel.com
cubabiztravel.net
cubabiztravel.org
cubacommunication.org
cubacommunications.org
cubadivevacation.com
cubadivingvacation.com
cubaeasyrent.com
cubafunpackage.com
cubafuntravel.com
cubafuntravel.net
cubafuntravel.org
cubagals.com
cubagogo.com
cubaholidaying.com
cubahotelsvacation.com
cubaislandnation.com
cubaislandtravel.com
cubajetsetter.com
cubajetsetter.net
cubajetsetters.com
cubajetsetters.net
cubalibrefund.com
cubalibreventures.com
cubalibreventures.net
cubamazing.com
cubamazing.info
cubamazing.net
cubamexcocina.com
cubamost.com
cubamust.com
cuban-casino.com
cuban-trips.com
cubanadeviaje.com
cubanamericanfund.com
cubanamericantravels.com
cubanaqua.com
cubanbiketours.com
cubancoupons.com
cubandeepseafishing.com
cubandivevacations.com
cubanemployment.com
cubanfootball.com
cubangamefishing.com
cubanhunting.com
cubanmoneytransfer.com
cubanmoneytransfers.com
cubanoexpress.com
cubanoil.net
cubanpackages.com
cubanrealestatedirectory.com
cubanremittance.com
cubansummerhomes.com
cubantravelpackages.com
cubanvacationbargains.com
cubanventurefund.com
cubanwholesalers.com
cubanwireless.org
cubaoil.net
cubaonline-idee.org
cubarealestateguide.com
cubaregulations.com
cubaremittance.com
cubaretailers.com
cubasailingadventures.com
cubasailingadventures.info
cubasailingadventures.net
cubasailingadventures.org
cubatravelrestrictions.com
cubatropicana.com
cubavacationbargains.com
cubavacationtravel.com
cubavalues.com
cubavalues.info
cubavalues.net
cubavalues.org
cubaventurefund.net
cubawifi.org
cubawins.com
cubayoubet.com
cuncuba.com
cuncuba.info
cuncuba.net
dell-cuba.com
demforcuba.net
demforcuba.org
democracyforcuba.net
democracyforcuba.org
dialcuba.com
dineropacuba.com
dineropacuba.net
dollars2cuba.com
dollarstocuba.com
easycash2cuba.com
easycashtocuba.com
easymoney2cuba.com
easymoneytocuba.com
ezcash2cuba.com
ezcashtocuba.com
ezmoney2cuba.com
ezmoneytocuba.com
familyincuba.com
fastcash2cuba.com
fastcashtocuba.com
fastmoney2cuba.com
fastmoneytocuba.com
fish-cuba.com
flycubausa.com
flyusacuba.com
freedomtotraveltocuba.com
friendsincuba.com
ftlauderdaletocuba.com
getcash2cuba.com
getcashtocuba.com
getcubaonline.com
getrealcuba.com
gocheapcuba.com
havanacubatourism.com
holidayingcuba.com
howtocuba.com
hp-cuba.com
icuba.biz
iheartcuba.com
iluvcuba.com
llamarcuba.com
losangelestocuba.com
mappacuba.com
matchcuba.com
microsoft-cuba.com
mobiletocuba.com
money-2-cuba.com
money-to-cuba.com
moneytransfercuba.com
newarktocuba.com
newcubahotels.com
newcubalaws.com
newcubanhotels.com
newyorktocuba.com
nowcuba.com
nytocuba.com
officialcubanvisaapplication.com
officialcubanvisaapplication.net
officialcubanvisas.com
officialcubanvisas.net
perfumecuba.com
plongee-cuba.com
quickcash2cuba.com
quickcashtocuba.com
remit2cuba.com
remittancecuba.com
sanfranciscotocuba.com
scubadivecuba.com
seeyouincuba.com
sejour-plongee-cuba.com
sendcash2cuba.com
shipit2cuba.com
shipittocuba.com
sitesofcuba.com
sprint-cuba.com
stluciacuba.com
t-mobile-cuba.com
talkofcuba.com
telefonoacuba.com
televisioncubana.org
teveoencuba.com
toursacuba.com
transfercash2cuba.com
transfercashtocuba.com
transfermoney2cuba.com
transfermoneytocuba.com
travelcubavacations.com
uscubathaw.com
verizon-cuba.com
vistocuba.com
vuelveacuba.com
wirecash2cuba.com
wirecashtocuba.com
wiremoney2cuba.com
wiremoneytocuba.com

Havana Related Domains

airfarestohavana.com
airfaretohavana.com
bankofhavana.net
havanacubatourism.com
havanahavens.com
havanalifestyle.com
havanavacationpackage.com
havanayachting.com
mobiletohavana.com
myhavanahotel.com
talkofhavana.com
varaderohavana.com

Recent Havana Journal Inc Hand Registered Domains

CubanAmericanVacations.com
CubanFamilyTravel.com
CubanFamilyVacations.com
CubaTravelLicense.com
CubaTravelLicenses.com
CubaWireTransfer.com
CubaWireTransfers.com
FlightToHavana.com
GiftsToCuba.com
MoneyTransfersToCuba.com
TravelLicenses.com
TravelServiceProvider.com

Recent Havana Journal Inc. Purchases from the Secondary Market

CubanAmerican.com
CubanAmericans.com
HavanaRestaurant.com
HavanaReservations.com

Another Way to Invest in Cuba

I don’t want to offer stock tips or investment advice but since this article is about investing in Cuba without having to have a presence in Cuba or even having to visit Cuba, I thought I would mention that there is a closed end mutual fund that invests in businesses that are expected to benefit from better US Cuba trade relations and/or a move to a more free market economy in Cuba. The Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund trades like a stock on the NYSE under the symbol CUBA. The stock price shot up over 40% on April 13 but has pulled back a little since then. (Full disclosure: I have a financial interest in this stock.)

HavanaJournal.com Traffic Spike

Unique visitors (one visitor per IP address to a website in a 24 hour period) to HavanaJournal.com range from 1500 to 2500 per day. As you can see from the screen capture below, our traffic spiked on April 13 and 14. Time will tell if people will continue to search for Cuba related information that interests them or if traffic will level off.

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Havana Journal Inc. owns over 2500 Cuba related domain names and most are in development, being used as marketing tools to promote developed websites or are being considered as candidates for development. We are always looking for unique content and business partners.

Member Comments

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On April 15, 2009, Michael Castello wrote:

I would love to travel to Cuba and develop my Cuban domain names. I grew up in Florida and have always wanted to travel there. Maybe this time it will become a reality. Picked up CayoLargo.com several years ago after a hurricane trashed went through and the seller wanted to unload. That would be one of my first stops ;>

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On April 15, 2009, David J Castello wrote:

The CayoLargo,com acquisition story is funny.  The owner wouldn’t do escrow.com, so I had to go to Little Havana in Miami and have dinner at his house (his wife can cook) to hand him the cheque.

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On April 15, 2009, abh wrote:

You can take the cuban out of cuba….
wink

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On April 16, 2009, publisher wrote:

and a few more from 4/14 and 4/15

adultcuba.com
adventuretourscuba.com
allcubanhotels.com
america-cubatours.com
americanincuba.com
authorizedcubans.com
cheapcruisescuba.com
craigslistcuba.com
crucerosbaratosacuba.com
cuba-destinations.com
cuba-real-estate.info
cuba3danimation.com
cuba4fun.com
cuba4less.org
cubaatt.com
cubacell.org
cubacellular.net
cubacommunication.net
cubacommunicationnetwork.com
cubacommunications.net
cubacomplete.com
cubacomplete.net
cubacomputergraphics.com
cubadatingnetwork.com
cubadiet.com
cubaelectrical.com
cubaescort.net
cubafamilyfinder.com
cubafishingchronicles.com
cubafishingclub.com
cubafishingforum.com
cubaflightinfo.com
cubaforless.org
cubahotelinfo.com
cubajoven.com
cubalegalguide.com
cubamafia.com
cubametropcs.com
cuban-cell-phones.com
cuban-wireless.com
cubanarealestate.com
cubancellphone.net
cubancellphones.net
cubancigarsexpress.com
cubancomplete.com
cubandatingnetwork.com
cubanfamilytree.com
cubanforex.com
cubanfx.com
cubanmoneygram.com
cubannewsnetwork.com
cubanoshoteles.com
cubanpsychic.com
cubansigns.com
cubansportsnetwork.com
cubantelevisionnetwork.com
cubanwireless.net
cubaobsession.com
cubaobsession.net
cubaomuerte.com
cubaradionetwork.com
cubartistas.com
cubasbest.net
cubasentry.com
cubasfriends.com
cubashoreline.com
cubasinglesnetwork.com
cubasomostodos.org
cubasportsnetwork.com
cubasunsetinn.com
cubatagged.com
cubatelevision.net
cubatelevisionnetwork.com
cubatogo.net
cubatravelandtours.com
cubaunveiled.com
cubawifi.net
danscuba.com
discountcruisescuba.com
discountcubacruises.com
endcubanembargo.com
enviedineroacuba.com
escapefromcuba.com
forcubahotels.com
gofishingincuba.com
howtovisitcuba.com
iglesiacristianacuba.org
incuban.com
jump-2-cuba.com
jump-to-cuba.com
jump2cuba.net
jumpofftocuba.com
jumpofftocuba.net
jumptocuba.com
jumptocuba.net
liftcubanembargo.com
mejoreshotelescubanos.com
mensguidetocuba.com
miviajeacuba.com
mycubafishingtrip.com
myspacecuba.com
passportcuba.com
provincesofcuba.com
realtorforcuba.com
remesacubano.com
remittocuba.com
roncubaclub.com
rumcubaclub.com
sendcubadinero.com
sendcubamoney.com
sendmoney2cuba.com
sendmoneycuba.com
sendmoneytoocuba.com
shopcubacruises.com
signsofcuba.com
taggedcuba.com
televisioncubana.net
thecubalist.com
thecubancater.com
varadero-cuba-hotels.com
viajar2cuba.com
viajardineroacuba.com
viaje2cuba.com
vipbachelorcuba.com
wildoncuba.com
yachtservicescuba.com
yachtsigncuba.com
yourcubarealtor.com


americaninhavana.com
bachelorpartyhavana.com
havanadirectory.net
havanadirectory.org
havanaelectrical.com
havanaelectricalsupply.com
havanaescort.net
havanaescorts.net
havanafasteners.com
havanamarinaguide.com
havanaplumbingsupply.com
havanaproduce.com
havanapsychic.com
havanarestaurantguide.com
havanasalon.com
hookedonhavana.com
wildonhavana.com

As you can see there are some crappy domains in the list but if someone has the idea and drive to develop their domain then they might be able to build something great on any one of these domains.

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On April 17, 2009, texasfree wrote:

We just purchased a couple of domains ourselves….....more to come!

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On April 17, 2009, publisher wrote:

Mostly more crappy Cuba domains from April 16 but some decent ones in there too. For less than $10 per year, people can have an “investment” in Cuba.

So long as people are registering domains that they like or intend to develop, that’s fine but the TM violations are a stupid play.

Cuba domains

allcuba.net
amorecubanas.com
amorecubanas.net
bancoexteriordecuba.com
bitchincuba.com
boattocuba.com
bravocuba.com
bucks2cuba.com
buckstocuba.com
budgetcubatravel.com
buttstocuba.com
cheapcallstocuba.com
cheapticketstocuba.com
cheaptripstocuba.com
cruisingcuba.net
cruisingincuba.com
cuba-now.net
cuba4cougers.com
cubachilling.com
cubafishingcharter.com
cubaforcougers.com
cubahora.net
cubamarriott.com
cuban2cuban.com
cubanaamore.com
cubanaamore.net
cubanamore.com
cubanamore.net
cubanamusic.com
cubanascaliente.com
cubanascaliente.net
cubanchains.com
cubandonations.com
cubanisimoworld.com
cubanlicenses.com
cubanpirates.com
cubanrelatives.com
cubansailingvacation.com
cubansatellites.com
cubantransactions.com
cubanwills.com
cubaonthecheap.com
cubasailingvacation.com
cubasailvacation.com
cubasailvacations.com
cubasatellites.com
cubasharkdive.com
cubasharkdives.com
cubashines.com
cubasmark.com
cubasomostodos.com
cubaspringbreakfaq.com
cubatel.us
cubatouronline.com
cubatourstravel.com
cubatravelandlife.com
cubatv.biz
dolaresacuba.com
donate2cuba.com
donatetocuba.com
dontgotocuba.com
dontgotocuba.org
exports2cuba.com
eyesoncuba.com
gaycubatravelforum.com
generacioncambiocubano.com
getyourbutttocuba.com
goto-cuba.com
guiadecuba.info
internshipsincuba.com
iwanttogotocuba.com
madeincubafestival.com
micorazoncubano.com
mtcuba.com
onthebeachincuba.com
packagestocuba.com
rapidscuba.com
resorts-cuba.com
restaurantincubators.com
ridecuba.com
sailingincuba.com
sailstocuba.com
santiagocuba.us
sarscuba.com
scubacuba.info
scubacubatoday.com
scubadivevaradero.com
sharkdivecuba.com
shoppingincuba.com
singlestravelcuba.com
takemyasstocuba.com
tenviocuba.com
tenviocuba.net
tenvioscuba.com
tenvioscuba.net
timetovisitcuba.com
tripstocuba.us
tucuban.com
upscalecuba.com
varaderoscuba.com
varaderoscubadive.com
vivacubana.com
vr-cuba.com
wedincuba.com
yachtingtocuba.com

Havana Domains

budgethavana.com
buttstohavana.com
dancetohavana.com
discounthavana.com
eyesonhavana.com
getyourbutttohavana.com
havanabyboat.com
havanacoffeeshop.com
havanadivecenter.com
havanadivingcenter.com
havanadivingcenters.com
havanafterdark.com
havanahaunts.com
havanakitchens.com
havanaonthecheap.com
havanasailingclub.com
havanaspringbreakfaq.com
havanasprint.com
havanaswimwear.com
havanatoyota.com
havanatoyota.net
havanatravelfaq.com
havanatravels.us
havanatrips.us
havanaverizon.com
letsgohavana.com
letstourhavana.com
resorts-havana.com
sailstohavana.com
tourstohavana.com
upscalehavana.com

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On March 11, 2011, stardom wrote:

Thanks for article
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