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Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The […] Continue reading

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices 14ymedio, Havana, 17 May 2017 — In the midst of the morning hustle and bustle, residents of Havana are trying to reach their destinations on time, a challenge because of the inefficient public transport and the sky high prices charged by the private operators of fixed-route […] Continue reading

Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019

Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019 CRUISE LINE & CRUISE SHIP ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL JASON LEPPERT MAY 15, 2017 After the initial success of Empress of the Seas’ arrival in Cuba, Royal Caribbean International has announced its expansion of the ship’s calls to Havana as far out as 2019. “Since arriving in Cuba for […] Continue reading

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba The once-taboo island lacks tourist infrastructure. Ship operators hope to change that. by Christopher Palmeri May 11, 2017, 10:00 PM GMT+2 After President Barack Obama eased restrictions on American citizens traveling to Cuba last year, airlines raced to start service from the U.S. to 10 cities across the […] Continue reading

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba / Iván García Iván García, 2 May 2017 — On an afternoon like any other, an underground seller of beef, living in the southeast of Havana, bought flank steaks wholesale from a slaughterer, to then sell them to private restaurants and neighbours who could afford them. […] Continue reading

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba By Kari Paul Published: May 3, 2017 6:39 a.m. ET Interest is waning a year after the country was opened up to U.S. visitors A flash of excitement about travel to Cuba after the country opened its borders to the U.S. in 2016 for […] Continue reading

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs April 25, 2017, 10:59:00 AM EDT By Reuters By Sarah Marsh BAY OF PIGS, Cuba, April 25 (Reuters) – Cuba’s Bay of Pigs has been invaded again, this time not by U.S.-backed anti-Castro forces, but by millions of red, yellow and black landcrabs. Each year, after the first spring […] Continue reading

Tips from a traveler to Cuba

Tips from a traveler to Cuba By Amelia Rayno APRIL 7, 2017 — 1:45PM AMELIA RAYNO During a solo people-to-people tour of Cuba, I learned some important things through trial and error. Here are some important tips I wish I’d known before I went: • Bring more cash than you think you need; prices across […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] Continue reading

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes March 23, 2017 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — Dozens of tons of tomatoes are rotting in Guantanamo because nobody is collecting them, according to what journalist Lilibeth Alfonso tells us on her personal blog. Apparently, there isn’t any diesel for private trucks who could distribute them to the population. […] Continue reading

Grow Food In Caves: The Latest Brainwave From The Ministry Of Agriculture In Cuba

Grow Food In Caves: The Latest Brainwave From The Ministry Of Agriculture In Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 16 March 2017 — Specialists from MINAGRI, the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, tell us that planting seeds inside or near to the Cuban cave network could quickly guarantee food production, which would help to […] Continue reading

The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized

The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 9 March 2017 — On one of the side walls, inside a small newspaper stand on Avenida 26, in Nuevo Vedado (Havana), an unusual sign announces: “This stand became private property.” The event is unique. The elderly self-employed […] Continue reading

Renting Out Medical Specialists

Cuba: Renting Out Medical Specialists / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 4 March 2017 — Twenty years later, Nivaldo (names changed), 43, an orthopedist, still remembers the hot morning when his parents said goodbye to him in the old train station in a small village in the depths of Cuba. The economy of his native village, […] Continue reading

American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules

American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules BY DAVID G. MOLYNEAUX TheTravelMavens.com ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, CUBA After a calm winter’s night at anchor on Cuba’s remote Siguanea Bay, 34 American travelers on the 150-foot motor-sailor Panorama II awakened before dawn and collected their snorkeling gear, prepared for a ride on a local boat to […] Continue reading

The Private Sector Consolidates Its Presence in Gastronomy and Services

The Private Sector Consolidates Its Presence in Gastronomy and Services / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 1 March 2017 — The corner of Galiano and Zanja is a hive of people at noon. The area’s private cafes sell everything from bread with croquettes to a complex meat lasagna, but the nearest state places […] Continue reading

Police In Havana Deploy In Response To Taxi Driver Strike

Police In Havana Deploy In Response To Taxi Driver Strike / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 27 February 2017 — Residents of Havana woke up on Monday morning to a strong police deployment, motivated by the announcement of a strike by private taxi drivers. In response to a question from 14ymedio, a uniformed officer said that it […] Continue reading

The First Tangible Labor Strike

The First Tangible Labor Strike / Rebeca Monzo Rebeca Monzo, 21 February 2017 — New bureaucratic regulations governing the routes of shared fixed-route taxis have led to the first tangible labor strike by drivers. Of course, strikes have gone on for many years in our country due to the poverty-level wages paid to workers in […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Has Redoubled Its Assault On The Private Sector

The Cuban Regime Has Redoubled Its Assault On The Private Sector / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 24 February 2017 — Marino Murillo, the presumptive tsar of economic reforms in Cuba, a prime minister with broad powers, passed up a seat in the first row next to the senior staff of a long-lived revolution governed by […] Continue reading

Cuban Customers – Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom

Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years after the government allowed […] Continue reading

Florida ports send $65 million in goods to Cuba even as governor tries to limit trade expansion

Florida ports send $65 million in goods to Cuba even as governor tries to limit trade expansion BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Humanitarian shipments, frozen chicken parts, chocolate bars, empty beer kegs from the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, medicine, even a traveling Bible exhibit. These items and more have flowed through the state’s ports […] Continue reading

Taxi drivers – ‘Their trick, in the end, is to pit Cubans against each other’

Taxi drivers: ‘Their trick, in the end, is to pit Cubans against each other’ JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 15 de Febrero de 2017 – 13:53 CET. “Now the race to get an almendrón (taxi) will be liked a marathon,” warned writer Yani Monzón on the social networks last weekend. Private-sector workers holding […] Continue reading

Trump’s warnings grow, but so are travelers and flights to Cuban soil

Trump’s warnings grow, but so are travelers and flights to Cuban soil Harriet Baskas, Special to CNBC Last week, the newly inaugurated Trump administration warned it was in the middle of a “full review” of U.S. policy toward Cuba—prompting new questions about how committed President Donald Trump will be to the political and cultural thaw […] Continue reading

Cuban delegation arrives amid threats by Gov. Scott to cut funding to ports that sign pacts

Cuban delegation arrives amid threats by Gov. Scott to cut funding to ports that sign pacts BY MIMI WHITEFIELD, AMY SHERMAN AND PATRICIA MAZZEI mwhitefield@miamiherald.com A high-level Cuban business delegation toured Port Everglades and met with port officials Thursday, although the planned highlight — the signing of a cooperation pact — was canceled after Gov. […] Continue reading

Port cancels signing of pact with Cuba after Gov. Scott threatens to cut funding

Port cancels signing of pact with Cuba after Gov. Scott threatens to cut funding BY AMY SHERMAN, MIMI WHITEFIELD AND PATRICIA MAZZEI asherman@miamiherald.com After Gov. Rick Scott threatened to financially cut off Florida ports that do business with Cuba, Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale canceled its plans to sign an agreement with Cuba. Broward County […] Continue reading

Charcoal — first legal cargo from Cuba in more than 50 years — arrives at Port Everglades

Charcoal — first legal cargo from Cuba in more than 50 years — arrives at Port Everglades BY MIMI WHITEFIELD The first Cuban exports since the embargo went into effect over a half century ago arrived at Port Everglades Tuesday as port officials prepared to receive a business delegation from Cuba later in the week. […] Continue reading

Cuba Has Almost 400 Private Cooperatives Five Years After Their Authorization

Cuba Has Almost 400 Private Cooperatives Five Years After Their Authorization / EFE, 14ymedio EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 14 January 2017 — Cuba registered a total of 397 private cooperatives – in culinary, personal and technical services – a form of economic management created in 2012 that is still in the experimental phase, sources said […] Continue reading

Christmas for Rich People and for Poor People

Cuba: Christmas for Rich People and for Poor People / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 24 November 2016 — Two trucks with trailers, full of reddish-brown earth, park in a narrow street, next to the agricultural market in Mónaco, a neighbourhood thirty minutes from the centre of Havana. Four men with teeshirts and dirty overalls lug […] Continue reading