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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 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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Havanautos Car rental Next to Sidestep Agents

  2014 has been a tough year for travel companies dealing with Cuba. Firstly, the shift away from centralized hotel bookings has seen Cuba’s MINTUR tourism ministry ratchet up direct sales of hotels through Amadeus and locally managed hotel portals.   The second step in this move will see those operating websites purporting to be Cuban hotels having their websites closed down, unless they cease mimicking official hotel websites using .com domains when no direct affiliation with the hotel in [...]
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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 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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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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Cuba Import Tax Hike | Biting the hand that feeds

  cuba Tax hike   In our recent article concerning the introduction, then slow winding back of liberties in Cuba, we offered evidence that Raul Castro was simply opening the door (again) due to the Pope´s visit. Much like his brother did a decade earlier. The door snapped shut about 1 year after the Pope had left in Fidel’s case. Raul has barely let 6 months pass and already the budding entrepreneurs and pseudo self employed Cubans are seeing the [...]
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