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University of North Carolina study abroad program expands to Cuba

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The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - The University of North Carolina has teamed up with the University of Havana to allow students to study abroad in Cuba. UNC-Chapel Hill will send eight students there next month to study Cuban history, culture and international relations, along with Spanish… Read More

Preparing for a Mass Exodus ... into Cuba

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By TIM PADGETT | Time Magazine Despite Bush’s roadblock, the island is bracing for an invasion of U.S. tourists John says he doesn’t feel guilty about being at Havana’s sensual Tropicana stage show, especially since he’s there with his wife. All the same, he would rather not give… Read More

Essay: Last Call for Cuba?

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By MARY TANNEN | New York Times We jumped at the opportunity to join a 10-day tour of Cuba last February. My husband, Mike, and I went legally as part of a study group flying by charter from New York. Shortly afterward, the American government announced that it would not approve any more such “people… Read More

Violations up among travelers to Cuba

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald The United States is getting tougher on enforcing the travel ban to Cuba. In the last two months, many more violations have been discovered than in the past. In the two months since President Bush announced tougher enforcement of the U.S. travel ban to Cuba, authorities… Read More

DTC News.- New Hotel to Open Soon in Cayo Largo del sur

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Havana.- Construction workers are building a hotel in Cayo Largo de Sur, a major tourist destination in southwestern Cuba. The 306-room Barcelo Cayo Largo Beach Resort Hotel is a property of the Group Gran Caribe and will be run by the Spanish chain Barcelo. According to experts, damages caused by three… Read More

Air Canada Begins Regular Flights to Havana

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DTcuba.com Havana.- Canada’s flag airline, Air Canada, began regular flights to Havana that will be operating next year. The flights will depart three times a week and the company will use 120-seat Airbus A319 planes. The new regular itinerary, in addition to the already existing charter flights,… Read More

Accommodation Capacity in Jardines del Rey to Be Enlarged

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Accommodation Capacity in Jardines del Rey to Be Enlarged Havana.- The Jardines del Rey tourist region, in the northern keys off eastern Ciego de Avila province, will have 3,600 rooms for foreign vacationers this year. According… Read More

LTI Hotels: Presence in the Blue Beach - Varadero

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DTC News The largest Antillean Island, which boasts a warm climate and is surrounded by pleasant and crystal-clear waters, has focused on sun and beach programs as a key element in the dynamic and sustained development of the leisure industry. Cuba, which has hundreds of kilometers of excellent beaches,… Read More

Crackdown on Cuba Travel Angers Some

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By Peter Slevin | Washington Post Staff Writer The athletes and doctors were due to meet in Miami on Nov. 13 and depart for Havana the next day. Those who needed wheelchairs would bring them. Others would arrive with teaching materials and donated artificial limbs in anticipation of working with disabled… Read More

Lifting the Ban - Opinion

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Thomas Kohnstamm | Guerrilla News Network This fall, the decades-long American travel ban to Cuba, came perilously close to extinction. Only at the last minute - under immense pressure from a White House that is itself under immense pressure to carry the South Florida Anti-Castro vote in the 2004 presidential… Read More

U. S. tourists in Cayo Coco

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[url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] CIEGO DE ÁVILA - A group of 30 tourists from the United States stayed last week at the Sol Club Cayo Coco, a hotel operated by the Spanish company Sol Meliá,  according to several workers at the facility. The tourists were… Read More

Hearings to begin in Cuba travel cases?

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By Gary Grass | People’s Weekly World Newspaper   MILWAUKEE – A few U.S citizens who have never had any contact or connection with the mining industry have begun to receive unexpected official mail from the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Board. The mail comes from the Falls Church,… Read More

Return to Cuba an eye-opener for refugee who made good

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Pam McLoughlin | New Haven Register It’s been 40 years since Maria Gelabert was a 7-year-old girl forced to work in the fields of rural Cuba, but tears still come easily when she talks about the lunch she and the other children were fed: sugar, water and two crackers. Since then, she’s fulfilled… Read More

DTC News.- Camagüey Hotels Upgraded to Three-Stars

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Havana.- The Gran Hotel and the Club Santa María Hotel, in eastern Camagüey province, were upgraded to three stars due to the improved quality of services provided in those tourist facilities. Experts from the Ministry of Tourism decided to upgrade the hotels’ categories due to their excellent… Read More

Cuban Beach Resort of Varadero Reports Good Results

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DTCnews Havana.- The Cuban beach resort of Varadero, in western Matanzas province, has reported favorable results in management during the first ten months of 2003. According to sources from the tourism sector, some 620,000 foreign vacationers visited Varadero during the said period, a 15-percent increase… Read More

A New Establishment for Leisure in Havana - Parque Central Hotel

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] The Cuban capital, one of the main destinations in the Island’s fast-growing leisure industry, benefits from the construction of many hotels to meet the increasing demand from the tourism sector. Several cultural offers,… Read More

US Congress, Cuban-Americans, Caribbean tourism

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Ivan Martinez | [url=http://www.JamaicaObserver.com]http://www.JamaicaObserver.com[/url] OVER the years, inside and outside the United States, it has been customary to link the Cuban exile population in the US with the Republican Party, and label them as extremist, arch-reactionaries… Read More

The other side of Cuba

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By Michael Sandrock, For the Camera An incredible range of plants and animals thrive on Cuba’s southern coast, where natural isolation — and the U.S. embargo — protect them from development SIERRA MAESTRA, Cuba — I was sitting on a rock beneath the cooling waters of the Yaguey… Read More

You Can’t Get There From Here . . .

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By SETH KUGEL | New York Times For a 52-year-old Manhattan lawyer, there is a lot about Cuba that is alluring, from the beaches to the architecture to the music straight out of “Buena Vista Social Club.” But the real draw of traveling to Cuba: it is illegal. “There’s certainly… Read More

Illegal travelers to Cuba get judicial notices

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By Rafael Lorente | South Florida Sun-Sentinel WASHINGTON — The Bush administration for the first time is beginning judicial proceedings against dozens of people accused of visiting Cuba illegally, even as Republicans and Democrats in Congress move to end enforcement of the four-decade-old U.S.… Read More

Good Peak Tourist Season Expected in Jardines del Rey

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DTCnews Havana.- Jardines del Rey, a tourist destination in Ciego de Avila’s north keys, is expected to report good results during the ongoing peak tourist season. According to sources from the tourism sector, predictions are based on advertising campaigns to promote that destination in other countries,… Read More

U.S. launches crackdown on Cuba travel

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By Rafael Lorente | Washington Bureau WASHINGTON · The Bush administration for the first time is beginning judicial proceedings against dozens of people accused of illegally visiting Cuba, even as Republicans and Democrats in Congress move to end enforcement of the four-decade-old U.S. travel ban to… Read More

Jamaica braces for tourism competition from Cuba

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PETRE WILLIAMS | Jamaica Observer staff reporter JAMAICAN tourism interests yesterday predicted a temporary slump in visitors from America if the US lifts its 40-year travel ban on its citizens to Cuba, but said the Jamaican brand was strong enough to ensure an early recovery. “There is no doubt… Read More

Despite lack of diplomatic ties, Israeli tourists flocking to Cuba

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By Larry Luxner | [url=http://www.jta.org]http://www.jta.org[/url] HAVANA, Oct. 30 (JTA) — Israel and Cuba haven’t had diplomatic relations since 1973, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Israelis from touring the Caribbean island anyway. “We assume that at… Read More

Positive Results from US-Cuba Travel Conference

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DTC news Havana.- The US-Cuba Travel Conference, held in the Mexican coastal resort of Cancun, showed positive results in the analysis of future joint businesses. The meeting was sponsored by the Association of Travel Related Professionals (ATRIP) and other institutions linked to the leisure industry… Read More

Cuba Expects 1.9 Million Vacationers in 2003

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DTC News Havana.- The largest Antillean Island is in condition to receive 1.9 million foreign vacationers this year. Sources from the travel industry said that this figure is expected to increase by 200,000 tourists in 2004, according to official predictions. In that regard, Cuban Tourism Minister Ibrahim… Read More

Forbes.com: U.S. Senate votes to deny Cuba travel ban funding

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By Pablo Bachelet WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Defying a White House veto threat, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a measure that eliminates funding to enforce a travel ban to communist Cuba. The approval came in a voice vote after Senators voted 59-36 to overcome a procedural motion that would… Read More

More Rooms for Tourism in Granma Province

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- The tourist resort of Marea del Portillo, in eastern Granma province, will increase the number of hotel rooms for foreign travelers. According to Cuban tourism authorities, the number of rooms will be increased to 450,… Read More

New Cultural Option in Western Cuba

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- The resort of San Diego, in western Pinar del Río province, will complement its offer of medicinal waters with new cultural options. With that goal, a library and a recently opened art gallery, where local artists exhibit… Read More

New Investments in Jardines del Rey

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- New facilities will enlarge the tourist infrastructure in Jardines del Rey, a fast-growing destination in eastern Ciego de Avila province. Among the facilities to be inaugurated soon is the Breezes Hotel, run by the Cuban… Read More

More Foreign Travelers to Holguín

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Eastern Holguín province, one of Cuba’s fastest-growing destinations, has reported an increase in tourist arrivals this year. According to local authorities, tourist arrivals from January to September 2003 grew… Read More

Miramar Hotel: Spanish Group Conquers Cuban Market

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] The Cuban capital, which has become a major destination on the largest Antillean Island, provides visitors with a different option at the Miramar Hotel, a perfect mix of cultural offers, entertainment and gastronomy. Owned by… Read More

Some Cubans Fear ‘Avalanche’ of Tourism

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By JOHN RICE | Associated Press Writer CANCUN, Mexico - While they would welcome the enormous influx of tourism dollars if the U.S. Senate lifts a travel ban, Cuban officials worry an “avalanche” of American vacationers would harm the very atmosphere that drew them in the first place. At… Read More

Cuba: Now or never?

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By Cindy Loose | THE WASHINGTON POST After Dec. 31, visits get tougher for Americans Sept. 30 — The two elderly sisters who rent a spare room in their Havana apartment to tourists are worried about my headache. Aspirin is scarce in Cuba, but Amalia, 74, puts a pyramid-shaped device on my head and… Read More

Jardines del Rey Bets on Culture During Peak Tourist Season

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DTcuba.com Havana.- Jardines del Rey, a major destination in eastern Ciego de Avila province, is betting on culture as one of its options for the peak tourist season. As part of that strategy, Jardines del Rey will host a Cuban music festival and a symposium on environmental culture this year. Both meetings… Read More

More US Travelers Visit Cuba

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Havana.- The company Havanatur has reported an average increase of 61 percent in tourist arrivals from the United States over the past five years. Havanatur executives pointed out that since 1999 to date, flights from US territory… Read More

Holguín Consolidates Position in Cuban Tourism Sector

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DTcuba.com Havana.- The tourist region of Holguín, in eastern Cuba, has consolidated its position in the leisure industry of the largest Antillean Island. The said province, considered the third major destination in Cuba, has 4,800 hotel rooms for international tourism. Some 3,000 rooms are distributed… Read More

Cuba Touristic Zones: Old Havana

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DTcuba.com Old Havana, which for centuries was inside the walled part of the city, was founded in late 1519 at the port Carenas. Its primary nucleus consists of buildings that were erected around a series of public squares and tiny areas adjoining monasteries and old churches. A constant victim of attacks… Read More

Palacio O’Farrill: A New Option for Leisure in Old Havana

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Havana´s historic heart, which has a centuries-old history, is undergoing a remodeling process aimed at restoring old buildings from Spanish-colonial times to receive thousands of foreign travelers who bet on the Cuban capital… Read More

DTC News.- 6th EXPOVARADERO Fair in World Famous Beach Resort

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Cuba’s world famous Varadero Beach, in western Matanzas province, is hosting the 6th EXPOVARADERO’2003 Commercial Fair this month. The Plaza America Convention Center will host the event, which will be attended… Read More

Cuban Tourism Sector Reports Growth

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DTcuba.com Havana.- Cuba’s tourism sector reported a 15-percent growth during the first eight months of this year, compared to the same period in 2002. Authorities from the leisure industry recalled that the one-million-vacationer mark was reached in late June, a month earlier compared to 2002.… Read More

Sol Meliá Hotels in Varadero Report Increase in Revenues

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DTcuba.com Havana.- Hotels owned by the Spanish group Sol Meliá in the Cuban beach resort of Varadero reported a 50-percent growth during the first seven months of 2003. With six hotels and resorts in Varadero, the Spanish consortium had revenues of 64 million dollars during the said period. Sources… Read More

Jardines del Rey Promotes Offers in Canada

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DTcuba.com Havana.- Jardines del Rey carried out an advertising campaign in several Canadian cities, the main source of vacationers to that Cuban destination, to promote its offers in that North American country. According to local tourism authorities, the Cuban delegation toured the cities of Montreal,… Read More

216 Top Hotels in Cuba

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Complete list of places to stay Hotels in Havana Cuba courtesy of DT Cuba Top Places to Stay in Cuba List Tryp Península Varadero, Hotel (1790) This breathtaking and innovative hotel is located in the Punta Hicacos Natural Park, in the famous coastal resort of Varadero, ... 2 Meliá Varadero, Hotel (1461)… Read More

Cuban hotels industry thriving with foreign partners

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[url=http://www.Expatica.com]http://www.Expatica.com[/url] The world is surfing Havana’s tourist boom, as Bernd Kubisch reports from Havana. Following the boom in Cuba’s tourism industry in recent years, there is now a strong upswing underway with joint venture projects.… Read More

Moron: A Centuries-Old City in Eastern Cuba

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dtcuba.com Ciego de Avila province, in the eastern part of the largest Antillean Island, boasts major attractions that support the dynamic development of the leisure industry in that region, visited by thousands of vacationers every year. Exuberant nature, unique cultural traditions and a centuries-old… Read More

New Facilities for Nautical Tourism in Pinar del Rio

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DTCnews Havana.- A new marina will start up operations soon in the Guanacahabibes Peninsula, in western Pinar del Río province. Construction works are near completion, so the Cabo de San Antonio Marina will render its services to ships sailing in the region. Among the construction works are a 200-meter… Read More

American Activists Seek End to U.S. Travel Restrictions Against Cuba

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[url=http://www.wivb.com]http://www.wivb.com[/url] Buffalo, NY - Dozens of American activists campaigned in Buffalo Monday seeking an end to U.S. travel restrictions against Cuba. They’re part of the Venceremos Brigade, which translated from Spanish, means “we shall overcome.”… Read More

Cuba Educational Tours to End

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New York Times | SUSAN CATTO Cuba Tour Companies Add New (Last) Trips Time is running out for groups offering educational trips to Cuba. Since 1999, when the United States government began licensing companies to take groups on people-to-people educational exchanges, an estimated 50,000 Americans have… Read More

The City of Havana: A Stronghold for Leisure in Cuba

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dtcuba.com View of the City of Havana from the sea Rumba dancers Havana`s Plaza de la Catedral Cathedral The Cuban capital, with a centuries-old history, has become a stronghold for the leisure industry on the largest Antillean Island, featuring attractions that range from beaches to a unique cultural… Read More

Old Havana’s Hotels - A Unique Proposal for Leisure

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Façade, El Comendador Hotel The capital of the largest Antillean island, with a five-century-old history rich in traditions, provides the most demanding visitors with a wide variety of accommodation facilities, ranging from big… Read More

Holguín Cuba - A Move in Favor of Leisure

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DTCnews Eastern Holguín province is one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations on the largest Antillean Island, thanks to the region’s natural attractions. The dynamic expansion of Cuba’s tourist sector, after becoming one of the key elements in the island’s economy, has led local… Read More

Migratory Birds and Forest Conservation in Western Cuba

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[url=http://www.opticsforthetropics.com]http://www.opticsforthetropics.com[/url] | Principal Investigator: Alina Perez (Recipient of the Association of Field Ornithologists’ 2001 Bergstrom Award.) The unique location of the Guanahacabibes Peninsula Biosphere Reserve is one of… Read More

CUBA - A Gem of an Island

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by Rita Kirby | Gambler magazine Cuba offers such a wealth of sites that it’s virtually impossible to cover the entire island in one trip. Situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico in the Caribbean, Cuba has been aptly christened “Key to the Gulf” and is the largest island in the… Read More

Western Cuba Promotes Tourist Development

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DTC News Havana.- The Guanahacabibes peninsula, in Cuba’s westernmost tip, could become one of the most attractive tourist destinations on the largest Antillean Island. Experts from the tourist sector pointed out that development projects include works in seven areas where 1,500 hotel rooms will… Read More

FIDEL INAUGURATES The BIGGEST HOTEL OF CUBA: PLAYA PESQUERO

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By MARELYS VALENCIA | Granma.cu  | January 22, 2003 President Fidel Castro detached in the opening of the Hotel Playa Pesquero, that does not see future in the tourism that does not guarantee security, healthy recreation and health. photo not available The president ahead of the mockup of the hotel.… Read More

Cubatur Has a Network of Agencies in Cuba

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DTC News Havana.- The travel agency Cubatur has a network of representative offices in Cuba’s major destinations, one of which opened recently in Guardalavaca. The office is in Guardalavaca beach, where it provides several services to vacationers staying in that resort, as well as in Pesquero,… Read More

Kansas University wins U.S. approval to do research in Cuba

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By Terry Rombeck | Journal-World Chuck Berg likes Cuban movies, art, food, music and baseball Now, thanks to a travel license granted to Kansas University, Berg will have the opportunity to see the Caribbean island nation for himself and to research its arts scene. “What a great opportunity,”… Read More

Travel & Leisure Readers rank Cuba - Best Island in the Caribbean

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Associated Press Sydney, New York, Bali and Cuba are among the winners of Travel & Leisure magazine’s eighth annual “World’s Best” awards. The rankings include some other surprising choices in addition to the inclusion of the Indonesian island less than a year after a terrorist… Read More

Touring the seldom seen

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By Joan McIver | Special correspondent | Sun Sentinel Due to U.S. restrictions, legal travel to this fascinating island has been difficult for American citizens. But ElderTreks, specialists in small group adventures for those age 50 and older, helps make visits to Cuba legal and convenient by creating… Read More

Firm comes to Tampa with Havana daydreams

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California company predicts feds will allow flights from area By Jane Meinhardt | The Business Journal of Tampa Bay Jul. 21 — TAMPA—Cuba Travel Services Inc. of California has expanded to Tampa, positioning the company to take advantage of travel business expected if the city is declared… Read More

San Diego woman to pay fine for Cuba trip

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By Leonel Sanchez | UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER A San Diego woman’s three-year battle to overturn a $10,000 fine for violating the U.S. travel ban to Cuba might be ending soon. Joan Slote, 75, said she has agreed to pay a fine of $1,907.50. Slote, who traveled to Cuba to participate in a bicycle… Read More

Routes and Walks in Cuban Capital

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DTCnews Havana.- Tours of parks, squares and museum in Havana’s Historic Heart form part of a cultural project known as Routes and Walks. According to experts, the routes consist of free visits to museum, including the Camera Obscura, the Lumiere Cinematographic Center and exhibits such as “Para… Read More

Broad Expansion Program in Varadero Beach

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DTCnews Havana.- The Cuban beach resort of Varadero, one of the Island’s major tourist destinations, is benefiting from a long-term expansion program. Tourist authorities in western Matanzas province pointed out that Varadero would have 26,000 hotel rooms for international tourism by 2010. At present,… Read More

Firm comes to Tampa with Havana daydreams

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Jane Meinhardt | Staff Writer | Tampa Bay Business Journal TAMPA—Cuba Travel Services Inc. of California has expanded to Tampa, positioning the company to take advantage of travel business expected if the city is declared a “gateway” to Cuba. Gateway cities to Cuba are allowed by the… Read More

Castro birthplace: Cuba’s semi-secret tourist attraction

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By John Rice | ASSOCIATED PRESS BIRAN, Cuba – It’s been a long time since anybody paved the potholed road to Fidel Castro’s birthplace. Finding the place isn’t easy either: No signs refer to it and the entry is little more than an unmarked dirt path. Still, some 20,000 people… Read More

Cuba Approved as Chinese Tourism Destination

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[url=http://www.PeoplesDaily.com.cn]http://www.PeoplesDaily.com.cn[/url] China and Cuba signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Wednesday, allowing Chinese travel groups to visit the Caribbean country. Cuba is the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to gain Approved Destination… Read More

Las Tunas: A Destination in Cuba’s Leisure Industry

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DTcuba.com Las Tunas province, in the eastern region of the largest Antillean Island, has become a fast-growing destination in Cuba’s leisure industry, boasting many options, including excellent beaches, nature, culture and history. The province’s 265-kilometer (165-mile) coastline includes… Read More

New Air Route between Cuba and Canada

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DTcuba.com Havana.- Cubana de Aviacion, a leading airline on the largest Antillean Island, inaugurated a new air route between Canada and Cuba. The route links the Canadian city of Montreal with Camagüey’s international airport, in eastern Cuba. The flight, which will have a weekly frequency until… Read More

Varadero Beach Reports Favorable Results

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DTcuba.com Havana.- The Cuban coastal resort of Varadero, in western Matanzas province, reported an increase in tourist arrivals during the first semester of 2003. Tourist official in Varadero pointed out that 400,000 foreign vacationers, accounting for 40 percent of travelers who arrived in the country… Read More

New Capacities for Cuba’s Leisure Industry

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DTcuba.com Havana.- Cuba’s leisure industry will open new establishments this year, as part of the expansion program in the tourist sector. Tourist officials pointed out that some 1,700 rooms must be completed in 2003, and 1,500 rooms will be completed next year. Preliminary figures show a 16-percent… Read More

Cienfuegos’s Largest Hotel Reopens

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DTcuba.com Havana.- The Horizontes Rancho Luna hotel, the largest lodging facility in central Cienfuegos province, reopened after benefiting from a broad remodeling project. The reopening of the 222-room hotel coincided with the signing of an exclusive commercialization contract between the firm Havanatur,… Read More

Santiago de Cuba Bets on Inns for Tourism

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DTnews.com The eastern province of Santiago de Cuba is betting on inns to create new facilities for tourism in that destination. The San Basilio Inn, run by the Cuban hotel chain Islazul and the first establishment of its kind owned by the Ministry of Tourism, will be officially inaugurated this month.… Read More

American fined for visiting Cuba wants Canadian travel agency to foot the tab

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[url=http://www.canoe.ca]http://www.canoe.ca[/url] TORONTO (CP)—A Canadian travel company facing a demand for $10,000 US from a 75-year-old American grandmother fined for taking a cycling trip in Cuba has found itself in the middle of a political drama playing out in Washington,… Read More

Air Canada gets Ottawa approval for Cuba flights

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MONTREAL, July 11 (Reuters) - The Canadian government has given Air Canada AC.TO the right to operate scheduled passenger flights to Cuba, Transport Minister David Collenette said on Friday. The minister’s office said Montreal-based Air Canada, which has been under court protection from creditors… Read More

U.S. tourists rush to Cuba as White House tightens travel

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Vanessa Bauza | Orlando Sentinel HAVANA—Sure, she knew the tour was a bit skewed, perhaps too rah-rah. Nevertheless, Margo McAuliffe came away from her 10-day trip through Cuba “a fan.” “I’m the reason they want the travel ban kept,” said the California retiree, referring… Read More

Ciego de Avila Cuba: The Imprint of History

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[url=http://www.DTCcuba.com]http://www.DTCcuba.com[/url] In the central-eastern region of the largest Antillean Island lays the province of Ciego de Avila, a stronghold for beach tourism, with the additional attractions of its nature, culture and history. In the said province is Jardines… Read More

DTC News.- Ciego de Avila’s Fishing Activity Grows

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Havana.- The fishing plan in Cuba’s eastern Ciego de Avila province was overachieved at 103 percent. According to preliminary figures, 400 tons of tench and carp have been captured, thanks to measures taken by the fishing sector to increase production. Experts’ effort to increase production… Read More

International travelers drawn to Pinar Del Rio

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DTnews.com Pinar del Río, Cuba’s westernmost province, is the focus of attention of thousands of vacationers visiting the largest Antillean Island every year. According to sources from the tourist sector, Pinar del Río receives 15 percent of travelers to Cuba, who are attracted by the region’s… Read More

DTC News.- Gaviota Group Reports Increase in Tourist Arrivals

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Havana.- The Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A. reported a significant increase in tourist arrivals during the first semester of this year. According to Gaviota executives, tourist arrivals rose by 40 percent, mainly from Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Founded in 1988, Gaviota promotes and commercializes… Read More

ATRIP Joins Debate on Travel to Cuba

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WASHINGTON—(HISPANIC PR WIRE - BUSINESS WIRE)—July 7, 2003—Executive Director Brent Gibadlo today announced that the Association of Travel-Related Industry Professionals (ATRIP) has been established to give a voice to professionals in the travel industry who support the Constitutional… Read More

Cuba Travel Services opens Tampa office

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By Gay Nagle Myers | Travel Weekly TAMPA, Fla.—Los Angeles-headquartered Cuba Travel Services, which offers charter flights for Cuban-Americans and licensed travelers who qualify under U.S. Treasury Dept. regulations. recently opened an office here. The firm has offered charter flights to Cuba… Read More

Cuba Travel Services to Launch Tampa Travel Service Provider Office

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HispanicBusiness.com Cuba Travel Services, Inc. (CTS) Direct Charter Company to Cuba to Expand Travel Services to Cuban-Americans and OFAC Licensed Travelers in Florida TAMPA, Fla.—(HISPANIC PR WIRE - BUSINESS WIRE)—June 23, 2003—With the increased demand for travel services to Cuba… Read More

World Affairs Council plans Cuba trip

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Columbus Business First | [url=http://www.columbus.bizjournals.com]http://www.columbus.bizjournals.com[/url] The Columbus Council on World Affairs will lead a trip to Cuba Dec. 5-12 to study the country’s architecture and history. The trip, offered in conjunction with the Athletic… Read More

Ciego de Avila: A Land of Sugar and Culture

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] The province of Ciego de Avila, in the central-eastern region of the largest Antillean Island, boasts a huge potential in the sugar industry, along with unique characteristics and a centuries-old culture, among other attractions.… Read More

Jardines del Rey Receives 100,000 Foreign Vacationers

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Havana.- The Jardines del Rey tourist region, in Cuba’s eastern Ciego de Avila province, had received 100,000 foreign vacationers until June 2003, during the ongoing tourist season. According to sources from the tourist sector, from January to June, Jardines del Rey had revenues of 60 million dollars,… Read More

DTC News.- Villa Clara Reports Substantial Growth in Tourist Arrivals

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Havana.- Tourist arrivals in central Villa Clara province have shown a dynamic growth during the first semester of 2003, compared to the same period last year. According to preliminary figures, from January to June 27, over 38,000 vacationers visited Villa Clara, accounting for an increase of 46 percent.… Read More

DTC News.- Rancho Luna Hotel Is Ready for Reopening

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Havana.- The Horizontes Rancho Luna hotel, the largest lodging establishment in Cuba’s central province of Cienfuegos, is ready for reopening in the next few weeks. The 222-room hotel has undergone a broad restoration program over the past 12 months. The 10-million-dollar investment allowed enlarging… Read More

Travel to Cuba grows after post-Sept. 11 slump

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Tighter U.S. trip limits might bring more ‘last-chance’ tourists By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA – The millionth person to visit Cuba this year arrived a week ago, and government officials called it a sign that the country’s tourism industry has bounced back from… Read More

Sunny days ahead for Cuban tourism

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By Marc Frank | Reuters Havana - Tourism, Cuba’s main foreign exchange earner, has recovered from a post-September 11 decline that slowed the Caribbean island’s efforts to pull out of economic crisis, the Tourism Ministry announced. As of Sunday, a million tourists had visited the Cuba this… Read More

DTC News.- New SPA for Tourism in Eastern Cuba

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Havana.- The company Cubanacán Turismo y Salud will start operating the SPA Club Varadero this year, as part of the development of that firm’s Quality of Life product. Company executives pointed out that the new establishment will be located at the Plaza America Convention Center, and will render… Read More

DTC News.- Quality of Cuban Services for Cruisers Highlighted

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Havana.- Cuba’s services for cruisers meet the quality standards of other countries with world-renowned experience in that activity. Executives from the joint venture Cubanco S.A. pointed out that during the recently concluded winter season, three new-generation boats docked in Cuba. According… Read More

The Island of One Thousand Names

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DTCnews.com The Isle of Youth, south of western Havana province, is called the island of one thousand names, in allusion to the many names it has been given since it was discovered centuries ago. Admiral Christopher Columbus, who discovered the island during his second voyage, called it San Juan Evangelista… Read More

DTC News.- Emblematic Cuban Restaurant Offers New Menu

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Havana.- The Cuban restaurant “La Zaragozana”, considered the oldest establishment of its kind in the largest Antillean Island, presented its new menu. According to experts, the menu includes many original dishes, which date to the 19th century. Located on Monserrate Street, in Havana’s… Read More

DTC News.- Sancti Spiritus Reports Favorable Results in Tourism

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Havana.- The Trinidad-Sancti Spiritus tourist destination, in central Cuba, reported the best results in history during the January-April period this year. Officials from the leisure industry said that the province reported revenues of 22 million dollars, according to the official exchange rate, accounting… Read More

DTC News.- Foreign Delegates to Attend EXPOBUCEO’2003

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Havana.- The largest Antillean Island this month will host the 1st International Meeting EXPOBUCEO’2003, which is closely linked to the leisure industry. Experts from a dozen countries have confirmed participation in the meeting on diving, which will be held in the beach resort of Varadero, in… Read More

DTC News.- Sierra Mar Hotel Contributes to Protecting the Environmental

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Havana.- The Brisas Sierra Mar-Los Galeones Hotel, in eastern Santiago de Cuba province, is a candidate for the ecological certificate for contributing to preserving the environment. According to experts, the hotel has carried out projects to take maximum advantage from ecotourism, in addition to promoting… Read More

DTC News.- Sol Meliá Sets Eyes on Cuban Keys

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Havana.- The Spanish hotel group Sol Meliá, which has been present in the Cuban market since 1990, has set eyes on the Caribbean island’s keys, where it plans to open new establishments. Sources from the Spanish consortium said that the Meliá Cayo Santa María Hotel would open in central Villa Clara… Read More

Sail-Cuba Regatta canceled, not ‘postponed’

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[url=http://www.HeraldTribune.com]http://www.HeraldTribune.com[/url] The first annual Sail-Cuba Regatta, scheduled to begin May 3 from Tampa Bay, went to the bottom, a foundering wreck, before the start. At the closed skippers meeting on May 2 at the St. Petersburg Bayfront Center,… Read More

Cuba race organizer says items confiscated upon return

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The Associated Press The organizer of an annual boat race to Cuba said Saturday that many of the items on the 20 competing sailboats were confiscated by federal agents when they returned to Key West. Michele Geslin, organizer for the Key West Sailing Club Conch Republic Cup, said customs officials confiscated… Read More

First Conch Republic Cup racer returns from Cuba

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BY J.J. HYSELL | [url=http://www.keysnews.com]http://www.keysnews.com[/url] KEY WEST—The first of 19 boats participating in the Third Annual Conch Republic Cup Race returned from Cuba Friday, with no immediate action from federal authorities who had warned sailors they could… Read More

WHEN YOU GO (to Matanzas)

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Continued from The Matanzas Connection article Getting there: With the U.S. government’s recent move to eliminate licenses for “people to people” visits to Cuba, getting to Matanzas legally will soon be more difficult than ever. Your best bet is to travel before the end of the year… Read More

The Matanzas connection

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By Stephanie Shapiro | Sun Staff | [url=http://www.sunspot.net]http://www.sunspot.net[/url] By showcasing its rich cultural history, Baltimore’s Cuban sister city hopes to capitalize on tourism. The writer’s Matanzas mementos include snapshots, religious beads and a baseball… Read More

New Mexico Amigos travel to Cuba

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By Valerie Gritton | Farmington Daily Times FARMINGTON Their motto is goodwill toward men and every year they travel throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico expounding New Mexico’s goodwill toward others. This year, the New Mexico Amigos, a nonprofit organization composed of business leaders… Read More

Varedero, read before you travel to Cuba

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The summer is dawning, and youve decided that the two of you must get away for the winter, as you cant afford to jet of whislt the majority of the sunworshipers are soaking up the rays in the costa del sol. ” we’ll go in the winter, when its ‘cheaper’, not so many crowded beaches,… Read More

DTCnews.com - Jardines del Rey Reports Good Results

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Havana.- The Jardines del Rey tourist resort, in eastern Cuba, has reported an increase in tourist arrivals during the first few months of this year. According to estimates from the leisure industry, the number of vacationers visiting Jardines del Rey from January to date has increased by 25 percent,… Read More

Only tourists can free Cuba

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By Paul LeBon | Contributing Columnist | Lewisville Leader In the 1980s, while employed by a major U.S. air carrier, I took advantage of my access to worldwide travel and visited many unique locations. Among the locations off the beaten path I visited were Eastern Europe and the island of Cuba. At the… Read More

Legal Travel to Cuba Ends This Year

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PR Newswire NEW ROCHELLE NY |  In marking Cuban Independence Day on May 20, President Bush announced no new sanctions, surprising those who expected stiff measures following Castro’s crackdown on dissidents. Nonetheless, while Congress debates a bipartisan effort to undo travel restrictions… Read More

Cuba: record number of tourists in the first quarter

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Granma CUBA recorded 770,000 visitors during the first quarter of 2003; a record total representing a 19% increase on the same period last year, reported Radio Rebelde. Tourism authorities brought these statistics to light during the 23rd International Tourism Convention, which began on Monday at the… Read More

Old Havana’s Hotels: A Unique Proposal for Leisure

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] The capital of the largest Antillean island, with a five-century-old history rich in traditions, provides the most demanding visitors with a wide variety of accommodation facilities, ranging from big hotels run by first-line firms… Read More

DTC News.- Spanish Group to Run Miramar Hotel in Cuba

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Havana.- The Spanish chain Occidental Hotels and Resorts will run the Miramar Hotel in Cuba this year, which was previously administered by the French consortium Accor, under the Novotel brand. According to spokespersons for the Spanish consortium, the establishment, owned by the Cuban group Gaviota… Read More

REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE: Poor but creative Cuba is just surviving

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KAVI CHONGKITTAVORN | [url=http://www.TheNation.com]http://www.TheNation.com[/url] HAVANA -“When is Cuba going to change?” an American tourist asks a Cuban guide.“See, those American classic cars in front of you?“the guide replies. “Cuba will not change… Read More

Wild Cuba: Caribbean’s unlikely nature preserve

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By Smithsonian Magazine | Associated Press Tiny frogs. Vast swamps. Pristine rivers. Whether by design or default, Cuba boasts the Caribbean’s best-kept wild lands, writes Eugene Linden in the May issue of Smithsonian magazine. The percentage of safeguarded land in Cuba is among the highest of… Read More

From Cardrona to Cuba

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CUBA CHALLENGE — Tania Aitken prepares to set off for a quieter cycle ride with twins Katie and Tom.  TANIA Aitken returned recently from a 300-mile cycle in high temperatures to raise money for the Women for Women Appeal. Mum of twins Katie and Tom (2), Tania cycled across Cuba over six days on… Read More

A glimpse of Castro’s Cuba

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By DON ROBINSON | [url=http://www.Gazette.net]http://www.Gazette.net[/url] The story that follows describes a trip to Cuba taken this past January by Smith College professor Donald Robinson. His son, David Robinson, a native of Northampton who now practices architecture in Houston,… Read More

Legislators seek to end Cuba travel ban

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WASHINGTON (Reuters)—A group of U.S. legislators on Wednesday introduced a bill to eliminate travel restrictions to Cuba, despite a recent political crackdown on the island’s dissidents. Though the “Export Freedom to Cuba Act” appeared unlikely to win passage, it was backed by… Read More

Leading Human Rights Activists in Cuba Announce Support for Legislation Ending Travel Ban

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Former US Envoy to Cuba, Wayne Smith, Urges Support for Bill to End Travel Ban WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire/—Two of Cuba’s leading human rights activists, Elizardo Sanchez and Vladimiro Roca, expressed their “full support” for legislation introduced in the United States… Read More

DTC News.- Cuba reports Increase in Tourist Arrivals in 2003

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Havana.- The largest Antillean Island received 800,000 foreign vacationers during the first four months of 2003. Cuban tourist officials pointed out that this figure is higher than the one reported during the same period last year, so the island is likely to receive two million travelers this year. Tourist… Read More

DTC News.- Cuba reports Increase in Tourist Arrivals in 2003

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Havana.- The largest Antillean Island received 800,000 foreign vacationers during the first four months of 2003. Cuban tourist officials pointed out that this figure is higher than the one reported during the same period last year, so the island is likely to receive two million travelers this year. Tourist… Read More

Travel policy to halt alumni study in Cuba

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By Erica O’Young | The Stanford Daily Stanford and Cuba won’t be exchanging students and faculty anymore, after the University’s government-issued license to send travelers expires on May 31. On March 24, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control eliminated… Read More

Local ties to Cuba cut off by Bush (captimes.com)

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By Chuck Nowlen New and potentially explosive tensions between the United States and Cuba are threatening Madison’s cultural and humanitarian travel missions to Cuban sister city Camaguey. Especially troublesome to the Madison-Camaguey Sister City Association is the Bush administration’s… Read More

Cuba: record number of tourists in the first quarter

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Granma CUBA recorded 770,000 visitors during the first quarter of 2003; a record total representing a 19% increase on the same period last year, reported Radio Rebelde. Tourism authorities brought these statistics to light during the 23rd International Tourism Convention, which began on Monday at the… Read More

Tourism industry bounces back in first four months of 2003

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HAVANA (AP) _ Cuba’s tourism industry bounced back this year from a deep slump, with the number of visitors up 19 percent during the first four months of this year, tourism ministry officials said. Until the end of April, 770,000 people visited Cuba, 19 percent more than those who visited during… Read More

U.S. Halts Cuba Access by Educational Groups

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By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK | New York Times DUNCAN BEARDSLEY said a bitter goodbye to Havana a few weeks ago. While he was there, Mr. Beardsley, director of the travel study program for Stanford alumni, learned that the Bush administration was no longer granting special licenses that allow alumni organizations,… Read More

DTC News.- Cayo Largo del Sur Reports High Occupancy Rate

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Havana.- Cayo Largo del Sur, one of Cuba’s most demanded tourist destinations by foreign visitors has reported a high occupancy rate of over 90 percent during the ongoing tourist season. According to Cuban tourist authorities, profits exceeded 800,000 dollars, and revenues reached 3.25 million… Read More

DTC News.- Bahía Príncipe Chain Enters Cuban Market

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Havana.- The chain Bahía Príncipe Clubs and Resorts, owned by the Piñeiro Group, will enter the Cuban market, where it will run a hotel in Varadero Beach. According to sources from the leisure industry, the company will administer the Bahía Príncipe Hotel, owned by the Cuban group Gaviota S.A. The hotel… Read More

Senators want to let Americans visit and spend money in Cuba

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BY TIM JOHNSON | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_ngkoTXmKCG').innerHTML = output; //]]> WASHINGTON… Read More

Isadora Tattlin’s Cuba Diaries

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Cuba is a country of contradictions. The rich, sensual colours of the Caribbean mix with Iron Curtain austerity on this fascinating island. It’s a place where—to the outsider—society seems to have ground to a halt at the end of the 1950s. Once majestic buildings packed to the ceilings… Read More

Despite crackdown in Cuba, senators push to lift travel ban

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WASHINGTON (AFP) - A group of US senators introduced legislation to lift a ban prohibiting Americans from traveling to Cuba, undeterred by the recent crackdown on dissidents in the Communist island. “After 43 years, it ought to be clear to everyone that the embargo has failed to weaken (Cuban President… Read More

The call of Cuba: More Greenvillians visiting Communist island

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By Deb Richardson-Moore | STAFF WRITER | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_h2MxbSnS27').innerHTML = output;… Read More

New rules make travel to Cuba harder for most Americans

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By Cindy Loose | Washington Post The Bush administration has made it much harder for most Americans to travel to Cuba, but much easier for Cuban Americans. The U.S. embargo for 40 years has forbidden Americans to spend money in Cuba, with exceptions for certain travel for religious, humanitarian and… Read More

How to get to Cuba, where to stay and eat in Cuba

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Maria Karagianis is a freelance writer and founding executive director of Discovering Justice, a Boston nonprofit whose mission is to teach about democracy. She lives in Milton. Read More

Varadero: Excellence in Cuban Beaches

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By DTcuba.com The sun and beach option in Cuba’s leisure industry, a key element in the largest Antillean island’s offer for tourism, includes world-famous sites that receive a great deal of vacationers visiting the Caribbean nation every year. Read More

DTC News.- Cuba to Host International Forum on Tourist Transport

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Havana | The Cuban capital will host the 2nd Meeting of Tourist Transport Agencies and Professionals in May, contributing to the development of the Island’s leisure industry. According to members of the organizing committee, experts and companies from 20 European, Asian and Latin American countries… Read More

Spring trip shapes minds

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By Farah Stockman | Boston Globe Staff Amherst College group sharpens their ideas during a week in Cuba HAVANA—All the ingredients for decadence were there: scantily clad beauties, 90-degree temperatures, and an endless supply of cheap mojitos, the Cuban rum drink flavored with mint and lime. But… Read More

A rum do in Hemingway’s old Havana

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Nicholas Rufford | The Sunday Times At night from the roof terrace of the Ambos Mundos hotel in Old Havana you can sip a cafe cubano and gaze out over the city, while the coffee machine hisses and waitresses swoop and sway with trays of daiquiri and mojito cocktails. Read More

New Hotel Rooms for Tourism in Cuba

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Havana | The largest Antillean Island expects to complete 1,700 rooms for international tourism this year, as part of the leisure industry’s expansion strategy. Cuban tourist authorities pointed out that a 300-room hotel would be built in Cayo Largo del Sur this year. They added that another 550-room… Read More

DTC News.- Jardines del Rey Receives One Million Visitors in Ten Years

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Havana | Jardines del Rey, a tourist resort in Cuba’s eastern province of Ciego de Avila, received the number one-million vacationer this month, ten years after its inauguration. Jardines del Rey, made up of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, has reported a high occupancy rate in its 3,300 rooms over… Read More

To Havana for the sugar trains

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By Henry Baum | Contra Costa Times Our day begins at SFO at 5 A.M., and ends in a fourth-floor hotel room that reeks of mildew. Welcome to tropical Cuba. We are a group of railroad fans, affectionately known as “foamers,” here to see the steam engines that move sugar cane from the fields… Read More

Good Morning Havana Center

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Text And Photography By Lyn Freeman | Plane & Pilot magazine In 1503, Columbus endured storms, famine and scurvy to finally discover the Cayman Islands. It’s much easier to visit the islands now, partly due to the help of Havana Center. Read More

Cayo Largo Expects Over 50,000 vacationers in 2003

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DTnews.com The Cuban tourist resort of Cayo Largo del Sur will receive over 50,000 tourists this year, breaking its own record of 41,400 foreign vacationers. Tourist authorities pointed out that revenues are expected to reach 25 million dollars in 2003. By this year’s end, they said, a 300-room… Read More

DTC News.- Jardines del Rey’s Optional Tour Is Highly Demanded

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Havana.- The excursion “Tras las huellas del azúcar” (Following Sugar’s Imprints) has attracted many vacationers visiting the tourist resort of Jardines del Rey, in Cuba’s eastern province of Ciego de Avila. Tourist officials in the region pointed out that during the first few… Read More

DTC News.- Cuban Tourism Bets on Expansion in 2003

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Havana.- Cuba’s leisure industry, the fastest-growing sector in the Island’s economy, is expected to report an increase of 12.7 percent in tourist arrivals this year. According to official predictions, the largest Antillean Island will receive 1.9 million vacationers in 2003. Last year, 1,686,162… Read More

Where to eat in Havana

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By Boston.com Most towns have at least a cafe catering to tourists, offering basic sandwiches, fries, beer, etc. And many have more extensive restaurants. Chicken, often fried, and pork, top most menus. Rice with black beans is common. Finding a green vegetable becomes a challenge. Most casa particulars,… Read More

Where to stay in Cuba

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Often, even in Havana and other big cities, the best bet is a “casa particular,” a bed-and-breakfast licensed by the government. Facilities are often nicer than hotels, home-cooked meals better than restaurants; and both are cheaper than the alternative. Read More

How to get there

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The US government does not permit travel to Cuba by US citizens, unless exempted under several categories. Details of exemptions, and the broader restrictions, can be found at http://travel.state.gov/cuba.html One popular way to travel to Cuba, within the law, is to join a group leading a… Read More

Havana Great Time in Cuba: Doing Havana Like a Cuban in Cuba

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by Al Dieste Having just returned from four weeks in Cuba, three of which were spent in Havana, I would like to share with your readers the wonderful opportunity to enjoy and discover a rich and diverse culture, at less-than-Motel 6 prices!  Consider an alternative title to this article as “Vacationing… Read More

Cuba, on and off track

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By Tom Haines, Boston Globe Staff From east to west, a sprawling yet sporadic rail system reveals lazy tableaux of a country battered by revolution and a people left behind. SANTA CLARA, Cuba — Dying sunlight pushes texture into soft wood, tired concrete. A mother, calm, confident, rests against a door… Read More

‘Limping loony’ sends Canadians to Cuba

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By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK | The New York Times While Cuba remains off-limits to most leisure travelers under U.S. law, it has rolled out a refurbished welcome mat to tourists over the past 10 years, and a growing number of Canadians are picking Cuba over destinations in the United States, a trend that… Read More

An undeniable desire for change in Havana, and another emotional farewell

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Sun-Sentinel Havana—The full moon rose over Havana Bay like a fat orange. It was my last night in Cuba. So I had decided to eat dinner at a nice rooftop restaurant. Below, an orchestra played the classic Cuban ballad Solamente Una Vez. The streets of Habana Vieja, the historic and rambunctious… Read More

DTC News.- Importance of Gran Caribe in Cuban Tourism Highlighted

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Havana.- The hotel chain Gran Caribe, one of the most important firms in Cuba’s leisure industry, contributed 28 percent of revenues from the largest Antillean Island’s tourist sector in 2002. Gran Caribe, which runs four- and five-star hotels, bought 68 percent of inputs in the domestic… Read More

Positive Signs in Pleasure Cruising in Cuba

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Havana.- Pleasure cruising in Cuba has shown positive signs so far this year, when several boats have docked on the largest Antillean Island, bringing thousands of vacationers. In the first few days of March, the Sierra Maestra Cruiser Terminal, in the Cuban capital, received the German boat A’Rosa… Read More

Ready to ride across Cuba

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By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner TWO friends aim to raise £10,000 for charity by cycling across Cuba. Michelle Woodhead, 36, and Jules Hobson, 38, of Upperthong, start their adventure in January. The pair have already netted £1,400 and have organised many more fund- raising events. All the cash will… Read More

DTC News.- Nature Tourism in Western Cuba

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Havana.- The province of Pinar del Río, in the westernmost tip of Cuba, is working on the promotion of nature tourism this year. The leisure industry’s revenues are expected to grow by 20 percent this year, when 360,000 vacationers will visit the province. Pinar del Río boasts major natural attractions,… Read More

DTC News.- Playa Pesquero Hotel Receives Record Number of Vacationers

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Havana.- The Playa Pesquero Hotel, Cuba’s largest tourist complex, has set a record number of vacationers staying at the hotel for one day since its inauguration. The recently opened establishment, situated in the eastern province of Holguín, received 970 guests in its 944 rooms in one day. Read More

US fines veteran cyclist £5,000 for taking holiday in Cuba

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Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles Wednesday February 26, 2003 The Guardian Joan Slote, who went on a cycling holiday to Cuba, was fined nearly $8,000 (£5,000) for breaking the US embargo of the island. Her case is one of a growing number in which the US treasury department is actively pursuing Americans… Read More

Cuba By the Numbers

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Vacationing Like a King in Havana for $50 a Day By Al Dieste Having just returned from four weeks in Cuba, three of which were spent in Havana, I would like to share with GoNOMAD readers the wonderful opportunity to enjoy and discover a rich and diverse culture, at less-than-Motel 6 prices! Read More

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