Articles tagged “havana”

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?

9 months ago

Expedia Is Now Selling Hotel Rooms in Cuba

Expedia Is Now Selling Hotel Rooms in Cuba

Sarah Marsh, Reuters

"Potential" is the key word here, at least until the market is better developed — especially outside of Havana.

2 years ago

JetBlue Wants to Add Flights From Fort Lauderdale and Boston to Havana

JetBlue Wants to Add Flights From Fort Lauderdale and Boston to Havana

Brian Sumers, Skift

This is a curious move. In May, JetBlue will start flying smaller airplanes to Cuba, as demand is not as strong as expected. But now the airline wants to add more daily flights. Perhaps this is more of a long-term play.

2 years ago

Attracting American Tourists to Cuba Remains a Tough Sell

Attracting American Tourists to Cuba Remains a Tough Sell

Mac Margolis, Bloomberg

Americans are not flocking to Cuba, and there's not enough infrastructure on the island to support large-scale tourism. Who could have seen this coming? Probably everyone who was paying attention.

2 years ago

The 3 Largest Cruise Companies Can Now Take Tourists to Cuba. What’s Next?

The 3 Largest Cruise Companies Can Now Take Tourists to Cuba. What’s Next?

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise ships in Cuba are adding capacity to keep up with a demand that hotels can't match. Right now, they're an essential part of the tourism development story.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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 years 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 years ago

Cuba Has The Potential To Be a Luxury Travel Destination, Some Day

Cuba Has The Potential To Be a Luxury Travel Destination, Some Day

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

We had drinks at the Inglaterra on our recent trip to Cuba, and while the property is spectacular in terms of the historic glamor, it's going to be a long time before Cuba's infrastructure and service standards will support luxury tourism.

3 years ago

Starwood Begins Managing Its First Hotel in Havana, Cuba

Starwood Begins Managing Its First Hotel in Havana, Cuba

Associated Press

While we think Starwood is a leader in guest experience in so many ways, you don't have to raise the bar too high to improve on a hotel run by the military.

3 years ago