Articles tagged “cuba”

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.

7 days 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.

1 month 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 months ago

Cuba Tourists Wonder if They Too Were Targets of Invisible Attacks

Cuba Tourists Wonder if They Too Were Targets of Invisible Attacks

Josh Lederman, Associated Press

Authorities aren't certain whether a sonic attack injured U.S. diplomats in Cuba. They're even more unsure whether some tourists have become collateral damage. Regardless, this uncertainty is bad for Cuba's tourism industry.

4 months ago

Cuba’s Tourism Entrepreneurs Fear U.S. Travel Warning Will Crush Business

Cuba’s Tourism Entrepreneurs Fear U.S. Travel Warning Will Crush Business

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press

Travel operators are trying to reassure Americans that tourists are not at risk of danger if they go to Cuba. But those who have invested in private businesses are right to worry; a travel warning will almost certainly keep some potential visitors away.

5 months ago

Cuba Trips Still Getting Green Light From Tour Operators, Airlines and Cruise Lines

Cuba Trips Still Getting Green Light From Tour Operators, Airlines and Cruise Lines

Beth Harpaz and Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press

Because there is no concrete evidence that American travelers would be endangered in Cuba, the vast majority of U.S. travel companies are maintaining their schedules to Cuba. Many companies are getting used to ill-conceived policies emanating from Washington, and are sticking with business as usual.

5 months ago

Travel Brands React to New U.S. Travel Warning for Cuba

Travel Brands React to New U.S. Travel Warning for Cuba

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's hard to see how other airlines, hotels and cruise lines don't follow JetBlue's lead in issuing waivers on change fees and cancellations for itineraries to Cuba given the U.S. government's ill-conceived warning for travel to the Caribbean island. The warning looks like it will help reverse the Obama administration's loosening of restrictions on U.S. citizen travel to Cuba.

5 months ago