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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

Whom Do They Serve?

Whom Do They Serve? / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 28 June 2017 — Whether at the municipal or provincial level, the people’s administrative councils are supposed to be looking out primarily for the interests of their constituents and, in conjunction with them, carrying out the duties of local governance. But due to the inaccessible and […] Continue reading

What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island

What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Since President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy, Tom Popper’s phone has been ringing off the hook. Callers have questions, lots of questions, about how they can travel to Cuba as individuals, what people-to-people tours are and how they […] Continue reading

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Florida, Cuba, 26 June 2017 — “The sea water cleans everything,” Agustin reflects as he calls out his merchandise. This 74-year-old forensic assistant now works renting inflatable boats for the fishermen of Playa Florida, in Camagüey, a coastal strip where tourists rarely come and […] Continue reading

They Deceived Us With Tourism

They Deceived Us With Tourism 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, 29 May 2017 — There was a time when I saw it as natural. I understood, to say it in a certain way, that Varadero beach was not ours despite its being in Cuban territory. My unconscious viewed the image of that strip of land, like many, […] 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

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

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

Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again

Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again American Airlines has already reduced its capacity in Cuba and JetBlue Airways is set to do so in early May. This week, Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines said they will exit the Cuban market entirely. Adam Levine-Weinberg (TMFGemHunter) Mar 15, 2017 at 11:20 AM Just six months ago, a slew […] Continue reading

3 ways to take a ride in Cuba

3 ways to take a ride in Cuba When in Cuba, be sure to experience every mode of transportation that you can, including horsecarts, bicycle taxis and a ‘Cuban Ferrari.’ By JENNIFER BAINTravel Editor Wed., March 15, 2017 CUBA-They call Bayamo “ciudad de los coches” — the city of horsecarts — so you know what […] Continue reading

Russia’s largest carmaker sets its sights on Cuba

Russia’s largest carmaker sets its sights on Cuba March 15, 2017 ANNA TRETYAK, SPECIAL TO RBTH 2017 is the year when Russia’s top carmaker returns to the Caribbean island after 12 years away. But experts are skeptical whether the impoverished socialist nation can become a major market for AvtoVAZ. Visitors sit inside a Lada Vesta […] Continue reading

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free By Marta Dhanis Published March 13, 2017 Fox News.com The Cuba experience: This is what you get after all the exhaustive planning Getting to the communist island after a 50-year hiatus is surprisingly easy. There’s still a couple challenges to overcome when planning your trip, but […] 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

Here’s What Cuba’s Car Scene Looks Like In 2017

Here’s What Cuba’s Car Scene Looks Like In 2017 Jonathan Harper Cuba feels more in flux now than it has in decades. Fidel Castro’s death, the repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy and eased restrictions on capitalism mean rapid changes for a country distinctly shaped by a Cold War that ended decades ago. […] Continue reading

More U.S. carriers are cutting back on flights to Cuba

More U.S. carriers are cutting back on flights to Cuba ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com Silver Airways plans to trim its flight schedule to Cuba starting early next year, becoming the second U.S. airline to reduce the frequency of flights to the island, Travel Weekly reported. Between January and February, the airline — which flies out of […] Continue reading

Why American Airlines is trimming the number of flights to Cuba

Why American Airlines is trimming the number of flights to Cuba With supply outpacing demand, American Airlines is cutting flights to several cities, while leaving four daily routes to Havana in place. Political uncertainty and limited infrastructure may be deterring some Americans from visiting the island. By Ellen Powell, Staff DECEMBER 3, 2016 Though lower-than-expected […] Continue reading

UNITED AIRLINES LAUNCHES FIRST FLIGHT TO CUBA FROM HOUSTON

UNITED AIRLINES LAUNCHES FIRST FLIGHT TO CUBA FROM HOUSTON Updated 2 hrs 17 mins ago HOUSTON (KTRK) — United Airlines announced that they will have an inaugural service from Houston to Havana, Cuba around 10am from Bush Airport. Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee are there to kick off the United Flight. […] Continue reading

Two Aspects of the Reintroduction of Flights to Cuba

Two Aspects of the Reintroduction of Flights to Cuba / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellanos, 5 October 2016 — With the landing in Santa Clara of an Airbus A-320 from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood on August 31st, Jet Blue restarted commercial flights between Cuba and the United States, which were suspended in 1962. To accompany the general travel […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

Thomas Cook evacuates 570 holidaymakers from Cuba as Hurricane Matthew flattens homes

Thomas Cook evacuates 570 holidaymakers from Cuba as Hurricane Matthew flattens homes Thomas Cook evacuated 570 guests from Cuba to Cayo Coco Hurricane Matthew was expected to rip through the island The fierce storm is now travelling north towards the Bahamas and Florida By SADIE WHITELOCKS FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 16:30 GMT, 5 October 2016 | […] Continue reading

JetBlue pushes (again) to create a daily flight from Boston to Cuba

JetBlue pushes (again) to create a daily flight from Boston to Cuba By Adam Vaccaro GLOBE STAFF OCTOBER 03, 2016 JetBlue Airways is making another attempt for permission to fly between Boston and Cuba, petitioning the US government to strip a rival airline of a new route between Los Angeles and Havana and replace it […] Continue reading

Booking a flight to Cuba? Here’s what to expect now

Booking a flight to Cuba? Here’s what to expect now TODAY IN THE SKY Seth Miller, Special for USA TODAY 7:28 a.m. EDT September 9, 2016 SANTA CLARA, Cuba — A new era for U.S.-Cuba aviation began last week with JetBlue Flight 387 from Fort Lauderdale to the Cuban city of Santa Clara. The historic […] Continue reading

Cuba airport security causes senators to call for pause in U.S.-Cuba flights

Cuba airport security causes senators to call for pause in U.S.-Cuba flights Last week, regularly-scheduled commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba took off for the first time in more than fifty years. Now, a bipartisan pair of senators has submitted legislation to ground those planes over what they say are airport security concerns. Senators […] Continue reading

Cuba Beckons, but U.S. Airlines and Passengers Face Hurdles

Cuba Beckons, but U.S. Airlines and Passengers Face Hurdles As regular flights get under way, carriers cope with incompatible technical systems and travelers will find most wireless devices and credit cards won’t work By SCOTT MCCARTNEY Sept. 7, 2016 1:37 p.m. ET Just a short hop from Florida, flying to Cuba should be easy. But […] Continue reading

Cayo Coco – An Emporium Of Cuban Military Capitalism

Cayo Coco: An Emporium Of Cuban Military Capitalism / Iván García View from the pool of the Memories Flamenco Beach Resort, one of the several hotels that the Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A. administers in Cayo Coco. Taken from the blog Travel the World with Shirley A. Roe. Ivan Garcia, 22 August 2016 — The […] Continue reading

Cuba approves first commercial flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale

Cuba approves first commercial flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com American Airlines and JetBlue have received final approval from the Cuban government to begin commercial airline service to several airports on the island, clearing the last hurdle for inaugural flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. JetBlue, with a flight scheduled to […] Continue reading