Articles tagged “cuba”

Expedia Is Now Selling Hotel Rooms in Cuba

Expedia Is Now Selling Hotel Rooms in Cuba

Sarah Marsh, Reuters

"Potential" is the key word here, at least until the market is better developed — especially outside of Havana.

4 days ago

U.S. Travelers Want to Go to Cuba But Brands Were Too Aggressive, Too Soon

U.S. Travelers Want to Go to Cuba But Brands Were Too Aggressive, Too Soon

Dan Peltier, Skift

Travel brands and Cuba's ailing infrastructure are already struggling with accommodating 285,000 U.S. travelers per year in and around Havana. What happens when that number multiplies by seven?

2 weeks ago

Havana’s First Luxury Mall Shows Cuba’s Play for High-Spending Travelers

Havana’s First Luxury Mall Shows Cuba’s Play for High-Spending Travelers

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press

Will U.S. travelers looking for an escape from consumerism be turned off as Cuba introduces more luxury experiences for vacationers?

3 weeks ago

JetBlue Wants to Add Flights From Fort Lauderdale and Boston to Havana

JetBlue Wants to Add Flights From Fort Lauderdale and Boston to Havana

Brian Sumers, Skift

This is a curious move. In May, JetBlue will start flying smaller airplanes to Cuba, as demand is not as strong as expected. But now the airline wants to add more daily flights. Perhaps this is more of a long-term play.

1 month ago

Spirit Airlines Is the Latest Carrier to Downgrade Its Cuba Ambitions

Spirit Airlines Is the Latest Carrier to Downgrade Its Cuba Ambitions

Associated Press

Many travel brands got excited about Cuba. But its tourism infrastructure still has a long ways to go to match the hopes tourists (and locals) have for it.

1 month ago

Cruise Lines See a Tourism Advantage in Cuba and Hope Trump Doesn’t Ruin It

Cruise Lines See a Tourism Advantage in Cuba and Hope Trump Doesn’t Ruin It

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Cruise lines have had plans for Cuba for years, and they're finally getting to try those out. There are two big unknowns now: Will cruise passengers be interested in the island for the long term, and will the powers in Washington make it easier or more difficult to visit?

2 months ago

Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines Are Giving Up on Cuba After Eight Months

Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines Are Giving Up on Cuba After Eight Months

Brian Sumers, Skift

Most big U.S. airlines see Cuba as a long-term play, so they're willing to fly empty planes and lose money in the short term. But not Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines. They decided that several months of losses is enough.

3 months ago

Attracting American Tourists to Cuba Remains a Tough Sell

Attracting American Tourists to Cuba Remains a Tough Sell

Mac Margolis, Bloomberg

Americans are not flocking to Cuba, and there's not enough infrastructure on the island to support large-scale tourism. Who could have seen this coming? Probably everyone who was paying attention.

3 months ago

Cuba Isn’t Working Out as a Very Popular Destination So Far

Cuba Isn’t Working Out as a Very Popular Destination So Far

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Cuba as a travel destination may have been over-hyped in the early days when Obama and the Cuban government improved ties because the complications of traveling there, coupled with a limited number of hotels, has dampened expected demand. All in due time.

3 months ago

Carnival Cruise Line Will Join the Crowds in Cuba

Carnival Cruise Line Will Join the Crowds in Cuba

Hannah Sampson, Skift

With Carnival Cruise Line now in the mix, all the major mass-market cruise lines now have Cuba on the horizon. The question now is how travelers will respond.

3 months ago

American Airlines Opens Havana Office Hoping Trump Won’t Terminate Ties

American Airlines Opens Havana Office Hoping Trump Won’t Terminate Ties

Associated Press

It would get somewhat harder for the Trump administration to overturn U.S. companies' ties to Cuba the more airlines, cruise lines and hotels set up shop there. Facts on the ground, such as American Airlines' new office in Havana, demonstrate the business case for doing business with Cuba.

4 months ago

JetBlue Rolls Out Loyalty Program Incentives For Cuba Routes

JetBlue Rolls Out Loyalty Program Incentives For Cuba Routes

Grant Martin, Skift

Demand to Cuba may be weaker than originally forecasted, leaving airlines like JetBlue to incentivize travel. Through March 18th, TrueBlue members will be rewarded with 3X the points when traveling to the region.

4 months ago