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Travelucion – Obama to visit Cuba in March

The brief visit in mid-March will mark a watershed moment in relations between the U.S. and Cuba, making Obama the first sitting U.S. president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. While in the country, Obama plans to meet with groups advocating for change in Cuba, a condition the president had laid out publicly for such a trip.   “We still have differences with the Cuban government that I will raise directly,” Obama wrote on Twitter in [...]
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Travelucion to sign strategic marketing agreements with key Florida Travel Agents

  Only 90 miles off the coast of Florida yet seemingly out of reach for most Americans, Cuba just got a whole lot closer.    Travelucion an online Cuba travel & Media Company, will begin offering online media promotion of packages from Florida based travel agents across its 432 Cuba focused websites in the coming months. Travelucion has an annual reach of 30 million page views, but recently web visitors from the USA shot up from 11% in 2014 to [...]
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Generación Y – Cuba’s oddball Y Generation of Child Names

  As a resident of Havana, Cuba’s glorious capital, Yanitse Garcia has toiled for three decades correcting people on the pronunciation and spelling of her name.    So when she had her first child, Garcia naturally decided to save her daughter a lifetime of misery by choosing a simple name that everyone understand and which flows off the tongue: She called her daughter Olivia.   “What I love about Olivia is exactly that it wouldn’t be a bother for her,” [...]
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FITCuba 2014

  On the 6th of May this year’s FITCuba will commence, once again held at the Morro Cabaña Castle in Havana Cuba, where it has been held for the past 9 years. Cuba’s annual MICE event is chaired by the top brass of the Ministry of Tourism or MINTUR. The Cuban tourism convention is designed to promote new tourism offers and remind international travel partners of Cuba’s leisure attractions. The tourism conference is also utilized as a forum to introduce [...]
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Cuba Travel Network & Fastbooking cease trading

Not a surprise to many in the travel industry, Fastbooking and its Cuban branded Cuba Travel Network have ceased trading earlier this week. Attempts to contact Fastbooking for comment at both their New York and Paris offices have proved unsuccessful. It is unclear why Fastbooking – Cuba Travel Network will no longer provide Hotel Reservations to Cuba but, sources close to their Cuban office say that Fastbooking – Cuba Travel Network had been vexed for some time about dwindling room [...]
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Cuba Car Rental companies to use locally manufactured cars

Cuba-Geely-car-assembly-line     Every year Cuba’s Ministry of tourism spends upwards of $25million on the renovation of its Cuban Car Rental fleets. However, each year the new cars purchased are often plagued with typical mechanical problems which render portions of the fleet unserviceable until spare parts can be delivered. A recent accord signed in mid 2013 by Raul Castro and Mr. AN Conghui, CEO and President of Geely Holding Group will see Cuban Rent a Cars being manufactured in Cuba, [...]
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Cuba Hotel Reservation | Cuba eliminates hotel prepayments

Cuba hotel reservation     For over two decades Cuba has been one of the worlds few destinations where in order to receive a hotel confirmation, one had to prepay the whole stay, days, weeks or months in advance. Some visitors having prepaid thousands for a hotel stay in Cuba six months or more in advance. But not any longer!   Recent sweeping changes introduced in July 2013 mean that you can now secure your hotel booking in Cuba without [...]
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Cuba Travel Network | against all odds

  Tour & Marketing staff left to right: Ilko, Elba Castillo, Juan Choy, Eddie Lubbers, Rigo Martinez     A lot can happen in a decade, both in politics and business. During my initial visit to Cuba, Tour & Marketing was flying high, its staff a picture of happiness and success. After talking with Elba Castillo, their sales manager and Eddie Lubbers hotel sales manager, about the company’s internet travel business, I recall wandering around the Marina Hemingway complex where [...]
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Cuba set to unify its whole travel sector

Cuba Travel   Between the 1970´s and early 1990´s the Cuban government had just one tourism travel agency called INTUR. However, after the fall of the Soviet Union, with a national eye on increasing tourism revenue, the then president, Fidel Castro, allowed various entities to sprout into life, each spearheaded by one ministry or another vying to capture tourism dollars to finance national projects. This brought about the creation of now well known entities such as as CubaTUR, Havanatur, Cubanacan [...]
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Cuba People to People | Marco Rubio wake up call to Obama Administration

  This all started with Senator Marco Rubio who recently slammed the Obama administrations travel openings in the United States senate. Here is an excerpt of his floor speech:   “When I look at this stuff, you know what I want to say? Come on, man! This is about promoting democracy and freedom in Cuba? This is not about promoting democracy and freedom in Cuba. This is nothing more than tourism. This is tourism for Americans that, at best, are [...]
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