Articles tagged “cuba”

Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship Braemar Docks in Cuba for Passengers to Evacuate

Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship Braemar Docks in Cuba for Passengers to Evacuate

Sarah Marsh, Reuters

Passengers can breathe a sigh of relief.

2 months ago

Melia CEO Banned From Entering U.S. Over Company’s Operations in Cuba

Melia CEO Banned From Entering U.S. Over Company’s Operations in Cuba

Reuters

The implications of this decision by U.S. authorities are ominous for travel. What other industries will be hit by this? And let's remember that President Trump once reportedly explored opening his own hotel in Cuba.

4 months ago

Cuba Appoints Tourism Minister as First Prime Minister in Over 40 Years

Cuba Appoints Tourism Minister as First Prime Minister in Over 40 Years

Andrea Rodríguez, Associated Press

Cuba now has its first prime minister since 1976. His background building up Cuba's successful tourism industry led parliament to believe he's the right man for the job.

5 months ago

Cuba’s Tourist Arrivals Stagnate Amid U.S. Sanctions

Cuba’s Tourist Arrivals Stagnate Amid U.S. Sanctions

Associated Press

Cuba's economy is partially reliant on tourism. Unfortunately, its tourism economy is reliant on U.S. policies — which have not been friendly during the Trump administration.

6 months ago

U.S. Travelers Can Still Travel Legally to Cuba — But Confusion Over Trump Policies Is Keeping Them Away

U.S. Travelers Can Still Travel Legally to Cuba — But Confusion Over Trump Policies Is Keeping Them Away

Rosie Spinks, Skift

President Trump hasn't scrapped legal U.S. travel to Cuba entirely, but the drip drip of policies making it seem more difficult or complex will mean some travelers stay away. One travel company wants to make it easier.

7 months ago

Trump Administration Bans U.S. Flights to All Cuban Cities Except Havana

Trump Administration Bans U.S. Flights to All Cuban Cities Except Havana

Brian Sumers, Skift

Don't read too much into this. It is probably more symbolic than anything else. For a long time, U.S. airlines have had little interest in cities other than Havana.

7 months ago

Norwegian Cruise Line Adapts to Disruptions From Cuba Travel Ban

Norwegian Cruise Line Adapts to Disruptions From Cuba Travel Ban

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Norwegian Cruise Line's outlook remains bright, despite the industrywide challenge of the Cuba ban in early June.

10 months ago

Travel Advisors Scramble to Find Alternatives for Caribbean-Bound Clients

Travel Advisors Scramble to Find Alternatives for Caribbean-Bound Clients

Paul Biasco, Skift

In the age of mass media, word of incidents in travel destinations quickly spread across the globe, and travel advisors need to be prepared to handle client requests for changes in their wake. It's important for advisors to start looking for backup plans when news begins to break.

10 months ago

Royal Caribbean Dodges Big Hit From Cuba Cancellations

Royal Caribbean Dodges Big Hit From Cuba Cancellations

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The debut of a new private island is helping Royal Caribbean raise pricing on shorter itineraries. If China returns as a major market as well, 2020 could be a strong year for the cruise line.

10 months ago

Carnival’s Profit Plummets After Trump Cuba Ban

Carnival’s Profit Plummets After Trump Cuba Ban

Rosie Spinks, Skift

After a whopping 20 percent drop in second quarter earnings, Carnival is facing the realization that while itineraries to Cuba might have warranted higher-priced tickets, the political volatility of the Trump administration means they were not a safe bet.

11 months ago

Cuban Property Owners Sue Expedia For Profiting From Seized Hotels

Cuban Property Owners Sue Expedia For Profiting From Seized Hotels

Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

Exiled Cuban property owners allege that Expedia's Trivago profited from holdings that were seized during Fidel Castro's rule. It's just the latest twist to come as a result of President Donald Trump's historic upending of U.S.-Cuba foreign policy. The Trump Administration's support of such lawsuits could be a serious blow to American companies operating in Cuba.

11 months ago

Expedia Settles With U.S. Government Over Cuba Travel Allegations

Expedia Settles With U.S. Government Over Cuba Travel Allegations

Associated Press

Although Expedia cooperated, it looks like the U.S. government is determined to crack down on Cuba travel violations. Given the recent changes — and the current administration's rhetoric — we should probably expect closer scrutiny in the future.

12 months ago