It’s been several months since I wrote the Fall 2007 Havana Journal Update so now is a good time to write this Winter 2008 Havana Journal Update.
CUBA CONSULTING SERVICES LAUNCHED
Since I have had numerous request in 2007 for answers to questions and assistance with problems and since I have been fortunate to learn so much about Cuba and meet and talk with so many people in Cuba, Miami, Washington DC, the Caribbean, Canada and Europe, I have decided to offer Cuba related services via HavanaServices.com to businesses and individuals such as:
• Research and Content
• In Cuba services such as document acquisition, location review, contacts, etc.
• Representation at events
• Marketing and Advertising Placement
• Sales, logistics, applications, procedures and contacts in Cuba
So, with this latest venture, we are enhancing our expansion plans to provide a wide variety of Cuba related information, products and services as a collection of ventures…
HavanaJournal.com for Cuba related news and information
HavanaNetwork.com for our 38 Cuba related sites
HavanaDomains.com for 2100+ Cuba related domains
HavanaServices.com for Cuba related consulting services
HAVANA JOURNAL PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP
We have recently launched the Premium Membership at the Havana Journal which entitles Premium members to the following for only $25 per quarter:
• Receive monthly newsletter - see the December 2007 issue but HavanaNewsletter.com is easier to remember.
• Membership in the Cuba Chamber of Commerce
• Invitation to private Premium members forum
• ...and more
Free trial until March 1, then just $25 per quarter invoiced from paypal.
HAVANA JOURNAL MEDIA NETWORK
We have shortened the term to describe our network of sites simply as the Havana Network and HavanaNetwork.com now points to more information and it’s easy to remember.
FIDEL CASTRO WILL NOT BE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF CUBA - PREDICTION
I have made the prediction that Fidel Castro will not be elected President on the January 20 elections.
I made this prediction on December 1, well before Fidel hinted at his retirement. I may have to modify my prediction slightly since the election/appointment of President will happen at a date to be determined in early March. Fidel must be elected to the National Assembly on January 20. He may be elected to the National Assembly but I still remain true to the intent of my prediction that Fidel will not be elected President, it just might take until early May until he is NOT elected President.
I am not predicting how this will happen. Fidel may simply take his name off the list or perhaps there is a possibility that the National Assembly will vote for Raul instead of Fidel. So, I’m not sure how this will play out but I am very confident that Fidel will not be the President of Cuba.
CARIBBEAN CENTRAL AMERICAN BUSINESS CONFERENCE
I attended the 31st Caribbean Central American Action conference in Miami in December and met many Cuba related Players even though Cuba is a four letter word even at a Caribbean business conference. However, I was very impressed with the sessions, speakers, attendees and trade show exhibitors and strongly recommend it if you have any interest in Caribbean related business. Oddly enough, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico were not represented.
I also met with several people from my network of Cuba related contacts while in Miami.
SEARCH ENGINE PLACEMENT
Since then, the Havana Journal has risen to #6 in Google search results for the keyword Havana out of nearly 26million results. We remain #1 in the search results for Cuba business and rank in the top ten for dozens of other keywords. Thank you for your links, comments, visits and support.
NEW DEDICATED SERVER
The network of Havana Journal sites has been migrated to a more secure and reliable dedicated server.
DOMAIN NAME ACQUISITIONS
I purchased CubanVacations.com and will probably develop it in the future but for now is simply pointing to my HavanaVacations.com (formerly VisitHavana.com)
I also acquired VaraderoTravel.com and VaraderoVacations.com. I started to develop Varadero.info and decided that VaraderoVacations.com was the better domain to develop.
I picked up CubaMed.com and decided to move HavanaScience.com over to CubaMed.com and have expanded the information there to include Cuban medical school information along with Cuba health tourism information.
I have been aggressively purchasing domain names in the secondary market, the drop market and hand registering domains for several years now and the number of Cuba related domain names for development, sale and/or trade has grown to more than 2100.
If you have any Cuba related domains for sale, please contact me. If you have any Cuba related development plans, please contact me since we can probably work together in some capacity.
I want to stop and thank the thousands of people who read the Havana Journal each week and would especially like to thank those who have the time, knowledge, passion and opinions for leaving comments across the site and Cuba Forum that educate, inspire, motivate and some time infuriate myself and others.
The Havana Journal welcomes an open discussion on all Cuba related issues. Dialog is healthy and dialog is needed.
We have members that range from supporters of George Bush to supporters of Fidel Castro and everywhere in between.
So, in 2008, let’s continue to Read. Discover. Understand.