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Articles tagged “cuba”

Breaking: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Finally Have Approval to Sail to Cuba

Breaking: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Finally Have Approval to Sail to Cuba

Hannah Sampson, Skift

It took longer than expected, but more U.S.-based cruise lines are about to start sailing between the U.S. and Havana. We're curious how demand will hold up.

4 hours ago

Iberostar Chief Says Trump Considered Buying Hotels in Cuba This Year

Iberostar Chief Says Trump Considered Buying Hotels in Cuba This Year

Stephanie Baker and Sharon Smyth, Bloomberg

This does put companies like Marriott in an interesting position. It's one thing when your competitor is Hilton, another when it's the leader of the U.S. government.

2 days ago

American Airlines Sees Weaker Demand for Flights to Cuba

American Airlines Sees Weaker Demand for Flights to Cuba

Mary Schlangenstein and Jack Kaskey, Bloomberg

We've been saying for quite some time that Cuba's biggest challenges are on the ground and finding a place to stay, not getting there. It needs to find some solutions or more cutbacks are on the way.

1 week ago

As Cuba Mourns Castro, Havana Welcomes First Commercial U.S. Flight

As Cuba Mourns Castro, Havana Welcomes First Commercial U.S. Flight

Anne-Marie Garcia and Christine Armario, Associated Press

So far most U.S. travelers to visit Cuba since relations began to normalize in 2014 haven't traveled beyond Havana. While many Americans will likely choose Havana over less known cities while beach vacations are banned, the Cuban government should do more to make inter-city travel more convenient.

1 week ago

Tourists in Cuba in Wake of Castro’s Death Find Many Attractions Shuttered

Tourists in Cuba in Wake of Castro’s Death Find Many Attractions Shuttered

Peter Orsi, Associated Press

Tourists in Cuba will have stories to tell for years about their vacation in Cuba when Fidel Castro died. The tourist attractions and bars may be closed but it should be interesting to see how Cubans mark Castro's passing -- or don't.

1 week ago

Cuba’s Tourism Sector Sees Double-Digit Growth So Far in 2016, Thanks to the U.S.

Cuba’s Tourism Sector Sees Double-Digit Growth So Far in 2016, Thanks to the U.S.

Sarah Marsh, Reuters

With so much in motion for U.S. airlines, hotel brands, and cruise lines, we don't see this rush to Cuba changing under a new administration in the U.S. But we've been wrong before.

3 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Granted Permission to Sell Cuba Flights, Hotels, Tours and More

TripAdvisor Granted Permission to Sell Cuba Flights, Hotels, Tours and More

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

TripAdvisor selling travel to Cuba is just another step towards the mainstreaming of Cuba as a U.S. tourist destination, and represents a coup for TripAdvisor as it tries to ramp up its bookings business.

1 month ago

JetBlue Fails to Block Alaska Air’s Plan to Delay Its Flights to Havana

JetBlue Fails to Block Alaska Air’s Plan to Delay Its Flights to Havana

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

The fact that the DOT approved Alaska's request is not a surprise. The government almost always says yes to short-term route extensions. What is rare is JetBlue trying to block it. That was a feisty move from a competitor.

1 month ago

Cuba Cracking Down on Growth of Private Restaurants and Bars in Havana

Cuba Cracking Down on Growth of Private Restaurants and Bars in Havana

Marc Frank, Reuters

Given the fact that there's already a dearth of facilities like hotels, let alone private bars and restaurants to accommodate tourists, this idea doesn't seem like a very good one. And having dined at a paladar (privately owned restaurant) and state-owned restaurants in Cuba during a recent trip, we can tell you the difference between the two ventures can be vast.

2 months ago

U.S. Eliminates Limits on Cuban Cigars and Rum that Tourists Can Bring Back

U.S. Eliminates Limits on Cuban Cigars and Rum that Tourists Can Bring Back

Associated Press

Who would have thought that one of the leading edges of a potential end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba would come in the form of Cuban cigars and rum. Talking about pent-up demand, these qualify.

2 months ago

JetBlue and Alaska Fight Over Rights to Fly to Havana

JetBlue and Alaska Fight Over Rights to Fly to Havana

Brian Sumers, Skift

JetBlue is surprisingly feisty in this filing, considering airlines ask for and receive extensions all the time. But Alaska is a major competitor of JetBlue's, so maybe that explains it.

2 months ago

Flights to Cuba Still Missing From U.S. Booking Sites’ Travel Options

Flights to Cuba Still Missing From U.S. Booking Sites’ Travel Options

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

The writer is wrong to posit that the lack of airline commissions is a factor holding back online travel agencies from offering flights to Cuba. Expedia, Priceline, Google and TripAdvisor would love to be in the forefront of bringing Cuban travel to Americans for the first time in five decades but the online travel agencies must first deal the legal and regulatory complexities.

3 months ago