Articles tagged “cuba”

U.S.-Cuba Tourism Faces Uncertainty as Raúl Castro Is Set to Step Down

U.S.-Cuba Tourism Faces Uncertainty as Raúl Castro Is Set to Step Down

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press

This is Cuba's chance to show that it's seen the value of tourism growth in recent years and won't try to deter it. That's in contrast to steps that the Trump administration has recently taken.

2 days ago

Cuba Is Attracting More Cruise Visits as Traditional Travel Gets Complicated

Cuba Is Attracting More Cruise Visits as Traditional Travel Gets Complicated

Hannah Sampson, Skift

While Americans lost some of the ability to explore Cuba on their own due to restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, cruise ships are offering organized trips approved by the U.S. government. That seems to be working out well for operators, who are eager to increase their presence in the destination.

2 days ago

Cuba Guidebooks Clash With Reality and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Cuba Guidebooks Clash With Reality and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in tourism news, we looked at two extremes: the sad reality of the Trump Slump and how to manage overtourism. Somewhere in the middle, we analyzed whether Cuba guidebooks are on the level.

1 month ago

The Cuba You Read About in Guidebooks Often Clashes With Reality

The Cuba You Read About in Guidebooks Often Clashes With Reality

Dan Peltier, Skift

Cuba guidebooks do a decent job at giving travelers a view of what visiting and living in the country is like and remain important information gatekeepers. But while many address the political climate and economic hardship, they haven't been effective at telling tourists how to ensure their visits don't make things worse.

1 month ago

Airbnb Lobbying Contributed to Its Cuba Win as Hotels Came Up Short

Airbnb Lobbying Contributed to Its Cuba Win as Hotels Came Up Short

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

While the U.S. hotel industry took its lumps when the Trump administration revised U.S. Cuba policy in November, Airbnb spent $250,000 to lobby everyone from the Senate to the National Security Council and got a concession to maintain the viability of U.S. travelers staying in Airbnb rentals on the island. The company's lobbyists even worked with disgraced former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

2 months ago

Trump’s Cuba Tourism Turn Backfires as Cuban State Benefits and Private Business Suffers

Trump’s Cuba Tourism Turn Backfires as Cuban State Benefits and Private Business Suffers

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press

Cuba's recent U.S. tourism boom shouldn't be taken at face value as many private businesses are suffering from last year's U.S. policy change, although cruise lines have been cashing in.

3 months ago

U.S. Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba Travel Because They’re Even More Essential

U.S. Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba Travel Because They’re Even More Essential

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. tour operators and travel agents are betting that it will be business as usual, or perhaps even better, as the new Cuba restrictions take effect and individual people-to-people visas get sidelined. But many also find it ironic that the White House announced these changes while Trump was courting leaders of Asian countries that have poor human rights records.

5 months ago

Alaska Airlines Blames Trump Administration for Decision to Pull Out of Cuba

Alaska Airlines Blames Trump Administration for Decision to Pull Out of Cuba

Associated Press

Alaska Airlines' blaming of the Trump Administration might be a little disingenuous given the fact that other U.S. airlines have been pulling back from Cuba all year because of high costs and limited demand. Still, the imposition of further restrictions on travel to the country announced last week was likely the final nail in the coffin for the route.

5 months ago

NCL Boss Predicts New Cuba Rules Are Good for Cruise Lines

NCL Boss Predicts New Cuba Rules Are Good for Cruise Lines

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Could cruise lines actually benefit from stricter regulations on American travel to Cuba? Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio thinks so — and with even more cruises scheduled to the island next year, he'll find out if he's right.

5 months ago

Marriott-Starwood Is a Winner and European Hotels Are Losers Under New U.S. Cuba Travel Rules

Marriott-Starwood Is a Winner and European Hotels Are Losers Under New U.S. Cuba Travel Rules

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Officials have let U.S. hotel companies off the hook when making changes to U.S. Cuba travel policy. European and Caribbean companies, however, will likely feel the effect of new restrictions.

5 months ago

U.S. Issues Regulations Making It Harder for Americans to Visit Cuba

U.S. Issues Regulations Making It Harder for Americans to Visit Cuba

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press

We knew this was coming and now there is more meat on the bone in the details to consider about travel to Cuba.

5 months ago

Cuba Eases Tourist-Visa Policies to Counter U.S. Processing Suspension

Cuba Eases Tourist-Visa Policies to Counter U.S. Processing Suspension

Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press

The Trump administration claims to be all about family values but made it much harder for Cuban families inside and outside Cuba to see one another by suspending visa-processing in Havana. The Cuban government isn't hesitating to needle Trump about his visa policies, and the sonic attacks, which haven't been fully explained.

6 months ago