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Travelucion Gets Exclusive Contract to Market and Book Cuban Medical Procedures and Treatments

    Cuban Health is pleased to announce Travelucion has signed an exclusive contract to begin international commercialization and marketing of Cuban medical treatments across its 432 Cuban related websites. The combination of low cost of treatment and excellent post-operative rehabilitation centers makes Cuba an ideal destination for medical tourism. The National Health System of Cuba, along with its doctors and surgeons, are world renowned as is Cuban medical research.   Rising healthcare costs in developed countries like Canada, America [...]
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Havanatur prepares for American Travelers to Cuba

  There’s been a quiet but relentless transformation in the Cuba Travel sector over the past 2 years. Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism, better known via the acronym MINTUR, has slowly limited access to the U.S market by prohibiting all national service providers from selling to Americans. That is, besides Havanatur. Havanatur is a wholly owned Travel company managed directly by Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism bosses. Yes, in 2015 the stage is now set for Havanatur to be the sole agency [...]
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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 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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Raul Castro to local Journalists – OK so long as you’re not Cuban…

  Fancy yourself as a part time journalist? Open a business in Cuba…    In April 2012 my colleagues here wrote an extensive report on fraud in Cuba, revealed by a foreign blogger based in Cuba. However, it occurred to me that the ramifications of this article were not entirely analyzed and some important issues have been overlooked. You see, blogging from within Cuba is still a perilous affair – IF you’re Cuban – and almost impossible, as Yoani Sanchez [...]
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Cuba sees massive increase in tourism in the midst of Chavez death

    The death of President Chavez may not be the blow to the Cuban economy some experts are claiming. Admittedly, Cuba has become heavily dependent on its Caribbean neighbor over the past 10 years, however, recent figures show that tourism could become Cuba´s saving grace as bookings skyrocket and most of the country is overbooked for months in advance. Most hotels in Havana are booked solid until May and June plus, considering that bookings for the Caribbean are seldom [...]
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Raul Castro retirement a joke or on the books?

Raul Castro has made remarks he may retire but is this a joke or a plan? Of course, everyone retires at some point, either through ill health or simply personal will. But when will that sometime be for 82 year old Mr Castro? Of course, remarks such as this about retirement may just be to play the press and solidify attempts to get a U.S reaction. One thing is for sure, the Castro dynasty will not be over any time [...]
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Getting out of Cuba | Marriage instead of a raft?

  Perversely, as Cuba´s tourism numbers increase, so do the opportunities for Cubans to exit the island. You see, while tourists wander around Old Havana snapping shots of decaying buildings, the Cubans sat in them are scheming about how to get out of the country. Some are courageous enough take to rafts to cross the intrepid Florida Straits, others slip into the wheel wells of jets hoping the altitude won´t kill them while, one woman actually shipped herself out of [...]
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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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