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2009 may offer potential for cruises to Havana from Miami

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By Si Liberman | St. Petersburg Times With an anticipated lessening of travel restrictions to Cuba by the Obama administration, U.S. cruise lines are playing it cool. They’re not going public with their plans, but authorities agree that reopening Cuba to American tourists could give the recession-impacted… Read More

The Obama Factor - Impact on Caribbean Tourism

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When asked which of the Caribbean islands is the most beautiful, the debate is endless and almost always without consensus.  Barack Obama may well change that.  Very few travelers who have hiked the trails through La Sierra de los Organos to the spectacular Vinales Valley, or strolled the white… Read More

Cuba as dangerous as Darfur? Direct Travel Insurance Services thinks so

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The Independent | Simon Calder: Travel, like life in general, requires judicious risk management, ranging from “Am I a strong enough swimmer to cope with those currents?” and “Should I really have that extra drink?” to “What countries are too dangerous to contemplate?”… Read More

Sol Pelicano Hotel in Cayo Largo quietly reopens with hidden text in photo

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal On October 28, I asked if Cayo Largo was closed because I found some scrolling text on the main tourist website that “all hotels will reopen in November”. Today I get an email from the Sol Melia newsletter containing this Read More

Cuba hits two million tourist mark earliest date in history

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By WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press Writer Cuba welcomed its 2 millionth tourist of 2008 on Friday with a salsa band, strong mojitos and word that the island expects to set a record this year for foreign visitors despite three hurricanes and a global economic crisis. Authorities hung a red-and-white… Read More

Bahamas, Jamaica and Caymans tourism may suffer after end of US Embargo

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Daraine Luton | Jamaica Gleaner The Jamaican economy could suffer if the next United States President moves to lift the trade embargo on communist Cuba. “We have to be careful what we wish for,” says John Rapley, president of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), at the University… Read More

Cycling Cuba - an individual journey across the island

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Cycling Cuba: If its not over 35 degrees, humid, uphill and into a headwind I´m not interested Met up with the cycling group and we headed out of Havana to get the bikes. Interesting start to the cycling, as a dog started chasing me after 5 minutes. It obviously decided it didn’t like the look… Read More

Varadero Cuba expecting one million tourists this year

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Ventura de Jesus | Granma.cu Cuba’s top beach resort has received more than 700,000 tourists to date and the conditions exist for the year to end with a total of one million visitors for the first time in the history of tourism in that province. “Varadero has been strengthening its position as a… Read More

Is the Cuban tourist resort area Cayo Largo del Sur closed?

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal I visited the official Cuban website for Cayo Largo del Sur CayoLargoDelSur.cu and found this scrolling news item: “Cayo Largo is prepared to open for the new Touristic High Season; all hotels will be reopen in November.” I have not heard anything about the damage… Read More

Jardines del Rey fishing tournament wraps up in Ciego de Avila Cuba

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The Jardines del Rey fishing tournament kicked off the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Jardines del Rey tourist destination in Ciego de Avila Cuba this past week. Jardines del Rey is the area consisting of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo on the north coast of Cuba. The tournament consisted of… Read More

Walking to Guantanamo Cuba - book review

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BY ANDREA GOLLIN | Miami Herald WALKING TO GUANTANAMO. Richard Fleming. Commons. 351 pages. $27. With great clarity, Richard Fleming describes the people he meets and the conditions he finds on a walk-about. First-time author Richard Fleming chose a novel method of fighting depression: He self-medicated… Read More

Sailing to Cuba - Article by Don Barr

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Don Barr | YachtPilot.ca Cuba…. Opening for Yachts? We hear this statement often from our U.S. friends who aren’t aware that for Canadians and Europeans, Cuba has been open to yachting for a long time. If Cuba becomes accessible to American boaters what are the rewards it offers? The first big… Read More

NatGeo videos of Jardines de la Reina, Cuban bioreserves and habitats

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I enjoyed this video called Cuba Naturally by National Geographic photographer Steve Winter. Watch a short professional video featuring the geographic history of Cuba along with a great summary of the wide variety of flora and fauna in Cuba presented only in a way that National Geographic can produce.… Read More

Federal judge rules against Florida lawmakers’ Cuba travel restriction

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U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold issued a preliminary injunction against the law that requires Florida travel agencies that book trips to Cuba to post a $250,000 bond earlier today. He rules that the law, which took effect July 1, cannot be enforced because it may violate a constitutional mandate that… Read More

Traveler’s vacation in Cuba during hurricane

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from Leon Neal an English press photographer (Please visit this link for great photos and links. Going on holiday to Cuba during the hurricane season may not have been the wisest move but Kirsten and I always enjoy a challenge.  As the holiday got closer and the news channels talked of the damage… Read More

Cuba travel propaganda site CubaTravel.cu says all is well in Cuba

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Cuba Continues to Receive Tourist Flights Tourist Flights from the and Europe continue to arrive in full with vacationers who picked different local tourist centers in the country, where there are some 30, 000 tourists at present,  according to sources from the Cuban Tourism Ministry. A flight from… Read More

Learn about Cuba seminar on Cape Cod September 27 - WRAP UP

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Members of the Havana Journal have been invited to this unique Cuba seminar in New England on September 27 but we want to extend the invitation to all Havana Journal readers so here is a copy of the email that went out to members first. I am excited to announce that we have collaborated with other Cuba… Read More

Sunwing Airlines to offer flights to Cuba from US city Detroit

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Nathan Hurst | The Detroit News A new jet service taking off in December from Windsor Airport will bring the allure of a forbidden Cuban vacation within minutes of downtown Detroit. Sunwing Airlines, a Canadian leisure carrier, will offer weekly flights to Varadero, Cuba, a popular beach resort about… Read More

IMF report on Caribbean tourism after Cuba opens to US travelers

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International Monetary Fund report An opening of Cuba to U.S. tourism would represent a seismic shift in the Caribbean’s tourism industry. This study models the impact of such a potential opening by estimating a counterfactual that captures the current bilateral restriction on tourism between the two… Read More

Cuban Beaches, White Foam, Magic and Color

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Number one reason for people going on holidays to Cuba is still its beautiful beaches. There is perfect coherence among the 200 beaches from which it is worth mentioning the renown Varadero; or the ones from the east of the Capital city, that are a series of sand extensions, above all, Santa Maria del… Read More

Abel Santamaría International Airport in Villa Clara Cuba to triple capacity

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DTCuba.com The Abel Santamaría International Airport in central Villa Clara province is benefiting from investments to improve the quality of services. Works will include paving the 3,000-meter-long runway. Airport workers are committed to reducing the time passengers stay at the airport to handle 20… Read More

Sancti Spiritus beaches improved to develop Cuba south coast for tourism

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DTCuba.com Beaches in central Sancti Spiritus province have been cleaned and improved, as part of authorities’ actions to develop the southern coast. According to sources from the tourist sector, facilities have been created to improve conditions and accommodation for beachgoers. At La Boca beach,… Read More

Cuba plans to sell plane tickets and hotel reservations online

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DTCuba.com The promotion of e-commerce is a priority in Cuba’s economy, as authorities are interested in benefiting from the potentialities of new technologies. According to experts, e-commerce in Cuba is in a preparatory stage that will show significant results three or four years from now. One… Read More

Travel advisory on Cuba from Australian Government

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This Advice was issued on Friday, 11 April 2008. We thought it would be interesting to post this since much of the advice would apply to travelers to Cuba from any country. Be sure to visit the original article for links to more information. Crime in Cuba We advise you to exercise caution and monitor… Read More

Campismo Popular - Camping in Cuba

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BY LILLIAM RIERA | Granma International staff writer Every year more than two million Cubans and 15,000 foreign visitors enjoy this healthy tourist option called Campismo Popular ( the national vacation resort system). The organization is celebrating the 27th anniversary of its foundation by President… Read More

New marina and facilities opens at Gibara Holguin for Cubans

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Yanela Ruiz | Ahora.cu A new marina, first of its kind in the country, was opened this week in the municipality of Gibara, Holguin. This is part of the activities to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the introduction of camping in Cuba as a popular recreational activity. The marina, located at “Bayado”… Read More

Driving and road conditions in Cuba

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From Lonely Planet forum: I read and was told a lot of things about roads and traffic on Cuba. The roads were supposed to be bad and full of potholes, highways are crossed by railways without ramps, there are no road signs. I was told that roads are used by pedestrians, bikes, horses, tractors, old trucks… Read More

Canadian air Sunwing adds US and Cuba routes - legal?

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TravelVideo.tv More options to the sun, those generous Sunwing Airlines inflight inclusions, and even more departure points from Canada: winter 2008-09 is already shaping up as a banner season for Sunwing Vacations. In all, Sunwing will be flying to 30 sunny spots in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America… Read More

How to travel to Cuba seminars

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The Latin America Working Group will be offering seminars for those interested in travel to Cuba so if you have an organization that would like to host an event with a professional provided by LAWG, contact LAWG.org for more details. The Havana Journal is planning an event for Cape Cod Massachusetts… Read More

Potential charter flights to Cuba for 2008

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By Michael Orr | AirlineInfo.com While the overall number of charter prospectuses filed has dropped every year since 1999, the percentage of applications directed toward Cuba has remained nearly the same. Since 2004, charters to Cuba have comprised between sixteen and twenty percent of total prospectuses,… Read More

Several hotels in Holguin Cuba to be built this year

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Lourdes Pichs Rodriguez | Ahora.cu Major investments to improve the tourist facilities of Guardalavaca and to expand the capabilities of city hotels will be undertaken in the province of Holguin due to the increasing demand of tourism travel, announced Manuel Marrero, Minister of Tourism in Cuba. For… Read More

Noticeable rise in travel to Holguin Cuba over winter season

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ACN A 12 percent rise in the number of tourists arriving in Holguin was achieved during the recently concluded winter season, compared to the same period in 2007, breaking historical records.  Carlos Zambrano, Turism delegate to the eastern region, said that in the period between November 2007 and… Read More

Cuba hotel occupancy rates up due to strong dollar in Canada

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Reuters Canadian tourists fleeing a harsh winter and buoyed by their strong dollar are flocking to Cuban beaches in record numbers and helping Cuba’s tourist trade end a two-year slump. Cuban hotel managers said a surge in Canadian “snowbirds” led to unprecedented tourism during the… Read More

A trip to colonial Trinidad in Cuba

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Liz Brown, Canwest News Service For many Canadians, Cuba is a ray of sunshine during our bleak northern winters. After a morning of slogging through the rain, who wouldn’t dream of lounging on Varadero’s white sands, frosty Cuba Libre in hand, or sipping a mojito in Havana at Ernest Hemingway’s… Read More

Two million tourists have visited Jardines del Rey Cuba

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DTCuba.com The tourist destination Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens), in the eastern Cuban province of Ciego de Avila, has been visited by two million vacationers since 2003. Jardines del Rey, which is made up of the keys Coco, Guillermo, Antón Chico and Paredón Grande, offers attractive options… Read More

Habaguanex opens Marques de Prado Ameno hotel in Habana Vieja Cuba

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Cuban News Agency Cuba’s tourism company Habaguanex S.A. announced the opening of the Marques de Prado Ameno hotel in Habana Vieja Cuba, a World Cultural Heritage. A report by the Cuban Tourism Ministry “MINTUR” says the refurbished hotel will be located close to the Plaza de Armas… Read More

Spanish hotel chain Barcelo to build a new hotel in Cayo Santa Maria

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Prensa Latina Spanish Hotel Group Barcelo is to increase its presence in Cuba"s tourism, with the building of 5,000 new leisure facilities, a digital report on Caribbean News indicated Tuesday. Caribbean News adds that recent reports from Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, one of the most important consortiums… Read More

Vacation spots in Granma Cuba

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DTCuba.com The eastern Cuban province of Granma has greatly improved the quality of tourist services, as a result of large investments in the sector. According to local tourism authorities, the hotels’ rooms, restaurants and kitchens were improved, and establishments were painted and equipped with… Read More

Will a post-Embargo Cuba take US tourists away from Key West?

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By MIKE WILLIAMS | Cox News Service Do Florida Keys tourism officials worry about the impact on their economy when Cuba opens to US visitors? For decades tour guides have successfully hyped Key West’s close proximity and historic ties to Cuba, playing up the Cuban cigar factories that once thrived,… Read More

Cuban excursion to Valle de los Ingenios in Trinidad Cuba

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Don Townshend peers into Cuba’s prosperous past on a trip through the country’s agricultural heartland. Sydney Morning Herald We mill impatiently outside the railway station in Trinidad, central Cuba, glancing at our watches and peering towards the train shed. The train is already 20 minutes… Read More

CEU Norway upcoming Cuba tours

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from email notice: The Norwegian chapter of C.E.U. - Council for European Urbanism - http://www.ceunet.org -  invites you to join a one week study tour of three Cuban cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad,  1 - 8 March 2008. The tour will be followed… Read More

CubaFriends.ca 2008 Havana Cuba tours list

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Greetings from sunny Cuba and chilly Canada. We at Cuba Education Tours are excited to share our new tours with you. Special note to our US friends: If you are a full time professional in a field that corresponds to one of our Cuba tour themes we can help you go to Cuba legally. Please consider sharing… Read More

Cuba tourism museum to open in Centro Habana

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Granma.cu The construction of a Museum of Tourism in the Cuban capital’s Centro Habana neighborhood —traditionally its most commercial— is one of the projects planned to attract more visitors to the city, according to Manuel Marrero Cruz, the island’s minister of tourism. “The museum will display… Read More

Camaguey and Playa Santa Lucia travel information

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Just a small article from DTCuba.com but the figures regarding travel to Camaguey is interesting (of course one never knows the actual statistics since nothing is independently verifiable from the Cuban government). DTCuba.com The eastern Cuban province of Camaguey is improving quality during the high… Read More

Cruises to Cuba down substantially due to many factors

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Cuba’s cruise business has been been paralyzed by U.S. sanctions that deter cruise ships from visiting during their tours of the Caribbean, the director of Havana’s passenger terminal said on Wednesday. The cigar and rum shop is closed in the deserted $10 million… Read More

Oasis hotels take over two Cubanacan hotels in Cuba

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DTCuba article The group Oasis Hotels and Resorts, a property of Globalia, has expanded its presence in the Cuban market, where it took over the administration of two hotels owned by Cubanacan. The company will run the four-star hotels Oasis Brisas del Caribe and Oasis Brisas Santa Lucia. The former… Read More

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