With increased confidence in the Obama Administration to ease travel restrictions to Cuba for Cuban Americans, Cuba Travel Services, Inc. will be opening a new office in Hialeah, Florida. Cuba Travel Services, Inc. provides travel services for authorized Cuban Americans visiting family and other licensed travelers who qualify under the current U.S. Treasury regulations. Cuba Travel Services, Inc. will formally hold the grand opening of the new Hialeah office located at 522 Hialeah Drive on January 28th, 2009. Invited to attend is the Mayor of Hialeah, the Hon. Julio Robaina, and other respected members of the local community.
“We have decided to open a new office in the heart of Hialeah to better serve the people of this wonderful community,” said Michael Zuccato, General Manager of Cuba Travel Services, Inc. “In addition to Hialeah, we will be requesting OFAC’s approval for additional office locations in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boston and Tampa.” Cuba Travel Services, Inc. operates under specific travel guidelines and criteria established by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Cuba Travel Services, Inc. is excited with the new White House Administration and the prospects of reshaping relations and making changes with Cuba beyond travel. In addition to servicing this large Florida constituency under OFAC guidelines, Cuba Travel Services, Inc. will be able to provide a more personal service to qualified passengers. In 2000, Cuba Travel Services, Inc. was the first charter company to offer direct flights from Los Angeles to Havana in more than 40 years. In 2001, Cuba Travel Services began chartering flights from Miami to Cienfuegos and later from Miami to Havana.
In 2003, the United States ranked 8th in visitors per country of origin to Cuba with 84,529 Cuban American visitors, dwindling down to 37,233 in 2005 under Bush Administration changes to the Cuba travel restrictions. This decision severely limited visits by Cuban Americans and prevented the continuation of the Los Angeles to Havana flights. Cuba Travel Services, Inc. is hopeful it will once again operate a direct “non-stop” flight from Los Angeles to Havana later this year.
Cuba Travel Services, Inc. has provided travel services for a variety of clients such as universities, religious groups, sports teams, research professionals and government officials, all authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
In 2004, the Bush Administration further tightened the travel restrictions on Cuban Americans visiting family by limiting travel to once every three years and redefined the definition of family to exclude aunts, uncles and cousins. On the heels of the new White House Administration, Cuba Travel Services, Inc. is hopeful that humane policy changes will be implemented to re-allow Cuban Americans to once again visit their families with more frequency and discontinue to limit the definition of family, particularly as younger Cuban Americans are seeking to connect or reconnect with their families 90 miles off our coast.
Cuba Travel Services, Inc. was formed by a group of Los Angeles business professionals to specifically facilitate a better understanding between the U.S. and Cuba in providing convenient and cost-effective travel to U.S. citizens who qualify under the current U.S. Treasury regulations. Cuba Travel Services, Inc.’s headquarters are based in Long Beach, California, and currently have offices in Doral, Florida, and Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Cuba Travel Services, Inc. also seeks to open additional offices in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Tampa and Boston within the coming year.