Articles tagged “cuba”

Reduced Demand for Cuba Travel Rebounds Following Trump Regulations

Reduced Demand for Cuba Travel Rebounds Following Trump Regulations

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

The inconsistent U.S. policy towards Cuba has reduced crowds and forced operators to develop more creative tours for Americans who still want to visit. Now may not be a bad time to take the plunge and visit one of the most interesting destinations in North America.

1 week ago

Havana’s Big Cruise Ambitions Could Be Too Much Too Fast

Havana’s Big Cruise Ambitions Could Be Too Much Too Fast

Hannah Sampson, Skift

No one doubts that Cuba will continue to grow as a cruise destination. The question is how that growth will be managed — and whether the island can cope with the influx of additional daily visitors.

2 months ago

Havana Is Tripling the Size of Its Cruise Terminal as Demand Soars

Havana Is Tripling the Size of Its Cruise Terminal as Demand Soars

Christopher Jasper , Bloomberg

Cruise lines say interest is still high for Cuba, especially because so many U.S. travelers have been forced to stay away for decades. But visits have been limited for capacity reasons. With more room for ships, will the destination become a Caribbean cruise staple — and will the island's infrastructure be able to handle the crowds?

2 months ago

Charter Company in Cuba Plane Crash Was Subject of Safety Complaints

Charter Company in Cuba Plane Crash Was Subject of Safety Complaints

Michael Weissenstein and Bert Wilkinson, Associated Press

Mexican authorities will investigate the charter company involved in the Cuban plane crash. Lets hope authorities in Mexico and Cuba will find out what happened.

2 months ago

U.S.-Cuba Tourism Faces Uncertainty as Raúl Castro Is Set to Step Down

U.S.-Cuba Tourism Faces Uncertainty as Raúl Castro Is Set to Step Down

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press

This is Cuba's chance to show that it's seen the value of tourism growth in recent years and won't try to deter it. That's in contrast to steps that the Trump administration has recently taken.

3 months ago

Cuba Is Attracting More Cruise Visits as Traditional Travel Gets Complicated

Cuba Is Attracting More Cruise Visits as Traditional Travel Gets Complicated

Hannah Sampson, Skift

While Americans lost some of the ability to explore Cuba on their own due to restrictions put in place by the Trump administration, cruise ships are offering organized trips approved by the U.S. government. That seems to be working out well for operators, who are eager to increase their presence in the destination.

3 months ago

Cuba Guidebooks Clash With Reality and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Cuba Guidebooks Clash With Reality and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in tourism news, we looked at two extremes: the sad reality of the Trump Slump and how to manage overtourism. Somewhere in the middle, we analyzed whether Cuba guidebooks are on the level.

4 months ago

The Cuba You Read About in Guidebooks Often Clashes With Reality

The Cuba You Read About in Guidebooks Often Clashes With Reality

Dan Peltier, Skift

Cuba guidebooks do a decent job at giving travelers a view of what visiting and living in the country is like and remain important information gatekeepers. But while many address the political climate and economic hardship, they haven't been effective at telling tourists how to ensure their visits don't make things worse.

4 months ago

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.

5 months 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.

6 months 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.

8 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.

8 months ago