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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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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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Tripadvisor Gives Cuban Resort Worlds Best Status

  Vacation review giant Tripadvisor today announced the world’s highest ranked all-inclusive resort. What makes the accolade so important is not only that it’s the Cayo Santa Maria Royalton Hotel but, that the American company finally decided to give Cuban customer service a thumbs up and the prestigious title it deserves.The Cayo Santa Maria Royalton Hotel in Cuba ranked as the best resort for all-inclusive vacations in the world, an incredible boost to moral for Cuba’s MINTUR tourism ministry who [...]
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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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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 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 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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