Articles tagged “cuba”

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.

2 days 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.

7 days 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

All-Encompassing Cuba Travel Warning Issued by Trump Administration

All-Encompassing Cuba Travel Warning Issued by Trump Administration

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The U.S. travel warning might have been limited to visiting hotels in Cuba, where U.S. embassy employees have allegedly been targeted. But instead the Trump administration would prefer to close the door on all U.S. citizen travel to Cuba. As Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said at the Skift Global Forum, U.S. policy toward Cuba has accomplished nothing over the last few decades.

2 months ago

U.S. Warns Americans Not to Travel to Cuba and Guts Embassy Staff

U.S. Warns Americans Not to Travel to Cuba and Guts Embassy Staff

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press

The Trump administration is looking for any excuse to reverse President Obama's travel policies loosening travel to Cuba. The travel warning is another step, pending an already-announced rollback.

2 months ago