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03/22/2017 05:18 PM
Cuba official – Mich. could be trade partner, investor
Cuba official: Mich. could be trade partner, investor Charles E. Ramirez, The Detroit News 3:17 p.m. ET March 21, 2017 Detroit — Michigan and Cuba could be great business partners, Cuba’s ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday. “I think (like Cuba,) your main asset here is the people,” José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez said after his […]
03/22/2017 05:17 PM
Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations
Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 9:28 P.M. By Emily Swanson and Michael Weissenstein Associated Press WASHINGTON – A rare poll of Cuban public opinion has found that most of the island’s citizens approve of normal relations with the United States and large majorities want more tourists […]
03/22/2017 05:15 PM
How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business
How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda” by Suzanne Cope Mar 21, 2017, 2:02pm EDT On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band playing Cuban folk songs […]
03/21/2017 03:43 PM
As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba relations?
As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba relations? Karen Gilchrist | @_karengilchrist Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 | 9:02 AM ET CNBC.com U.S. airlines Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines have become the latest to bow out of Cuba due to weakened demand, posing new questions about the U.S’s future relationship […]
03/21/2017 03:30 PM
Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost
Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:30 am By David Bordewyk Running an Italian restaurant plus a small bed and breakfast keeps owner Yucimy on her feet from sunrise to well past sunset. It’s 7 a.m., and she is already preparing omelets for her five B&B guests. Her […]
03/21/2017 03:19 PM
Airlines rushed to fly to Cuba. Here’s why they’ve now pulled back.
Airlines rushed to fly to Cuba. Here’s why they’ve now pulled back. Mar 20, 2017, 2:02pm EDT INDUSTRIES & TAGS Travel & Tourism Multiple commercial airlines in recent days have announced they will drop their flights to Cuba, a stark reversal from the enthusiasm the industry displayed when bidding for permission to fly those routes […]
03/21/2017 03:16 PM
Hopes too high, too soon?
Cuba: Hopes too high, too soon? PUBLISHED: 03/16/17 05:21 PM EDT. UPDATED: 03/19/17 07:27 AM EDT. It’s been almost a year since President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba, the first American President to visit the Communist island in almost 90 years. As I look back on the trip I took that week in 2016 to […]
03/19/2017 02:00 PM
Comer visits Cuba, examines agriculture
Comer visits Cuba, examines agriculture Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:15 AM By Jackson French Bowling Green Daily News BOWLING GREEN — U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, recently visited Cuba and hopes to restore agricultural trade with the island nation and provide the United States with a valuable new market for agricultural exports. Comer said […]
03/18/2017 05:14 PM
Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality
Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality George Diaz Orlando Sentinel “So when are you going to Cuba?” I get that a lot, maybe once a week. It’s understandable, since I am a home-grown Cubano, at least until I was almost 5 years old. That’s when my parents, in an act of ultimate sacrifice, left […]
03/18/2017 04:40 PM
Carnival Cruise Line to start Cuba calls
Carnival Cruise Line to start Cuba calls by Phil Davies Mar 17th 2017, 11:47 Carnival Cruise Line has won approval to sail to Cuba with Havana featuring on itineraries from June. Overnight calls to the island’s capital will be added to selected Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa. Havana will be included on 12 four- and […]
03/16/2017 01:55 PM
The Cuba travel bubble is popping
Analysis: The Cuba travel bubble is popping Fabiola Santiago Miami Herald At the height of the Cuba travel frenzy, unleashed by the restoration of diplomatic relations and relaxed U.S. travel rules, not a day went by without an onslaught of photos on social media of americanos cruising Havana in antique convertibles and puffing on cigars. […]
03/16/2017 01:51 PM
Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again
Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again American Airlines has already reduced its capacity in Cuba and JetBlue Airways is set to do so in early May. This week, Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines said they will exit the Cuban market entirely. Adam Levine-Weinberg (TMFGemHunter) Mar 15, 2017 at 11:20 AM Just six months ago, a slew […]
03/15/2017 02:53 PM
State of the Cruise Industry – Trump Effect, Cuba and More
State of the Cruise Industry: Trump Effect, Cuba and More by Susan Young | Mar 15, 2017 9:32am “Demand for cruising in the last 10 years has increased 62 percent,” Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), told thousands attending the Seatrade Cruise Global conference’s “State of the Industry” general session at […]
03/14/2017 04:03 PM
Two U.S. Airlines Are Already Done With Cuba
Two U.S. Airlines Are Already Done With Cuba Too many flights and too little demand send Silver and Frontier packing. by Justin Bachman March 14, 2017, 9:45 AM GMT+1 U.S. airlines that rushed into Cuba last year knew the going would be tough. But it’s turned out to be such an unexpected financial slog that […]
03/14/2017 03:54 PM
Weak demand prompts two U.S. airlines to cancel Cuba service
Weak demand prompts two U.S. airlines to cancel Cuba service BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The shake-up continues in the Cuba travel business with two U.S. airlines announcing Monday that they planned to cancel their routes to the island. Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways said it had made “the difficult but necessary” decision to suspend all its […]
03/13/2017 07:12 PM
Airlines Drop Cuba Flights, Citing Lower Demand Than Anticipated
Airlines Drop Cuba Flights, Citing Lower Demand Than Anticipated By FRANCES ROBLES MARCH 13, 2017 Just six months after being the first airline to sell seats on regularly scheduled flights to Cuba, Silver Airways, a regional carrier based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that specializes in smaller markets, will scrap its service to the island next […]
03/13/2017 06:51 PM
The first Cuba tourism boom is over. Here comes the next wave -cruises
The first Cuba tourism boom is over. Here comes the next wave: cruises BY CHABELI HERRERA cherrera@miamiherald.com Havana was exploding in yanqui frenzy. Seven hundred Americans streamed across its streets one steamy May 2016 morning on an expedition of rediscovery. They were the first to arrive via sea since John F. Kennedy was president. The […]
03/10/2017 10:53 PM
An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name
An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba being a member of the Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit piracy. This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants, especially those born with the compound […]
03/09/2017 08:27 PM
American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules
American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules BY DAVID G. MOLYNEAUX TheTravelMavens.com ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, CUBA After a calm winter’s night at anchor on Cuba’s remote Siguanea Bay, 34 American travelers on the 150-foot motor-sailor Panorama II awakened before dawn and collected their snorkeling gear, prepared for a ride on a local boat to […]
03/09/2017 08:25 PM
Nestle close to signing off on new factory in Cuba
Nestle close to signing off on new factory in Cuba SARAH MARSH HAVANA — Reuters Published Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017 3:51PM EST Last updated Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017 4:38PM EST Swiss firm Nestle is close to reaching a deal with Cuba on forming a new joint venture to build a $50-million to $60-million factory to […]
03/09/2017 08:16 PM
Want to visit Cuba before it’s commercialized? You can’t, says ‘Havana’ author
Want to visit Cuba before it’s commercialized? You can’t, says ‘Havana’ author BY CONNIE OGLE cogle@miamiherald.com Journalist Mark Kurlansky has a sobering message for Americans who say they want to visit Havana before it’s ruined. “You can’t go before it’s wrecked because it’s already wrecked,” he says. “It’s not the place it was in the […]
03/08/2017 04:25 PM
PlaneSense jets to fly to Cuba, Bermuda
PlaneSense jets to fly to Cuba, Bermuda By KIMBERLEY HAAS Union Leader Correspondent PORTSMOUTH — New Hampshire residents who participate in PlaneSense’s fractional aircraft ownership program can now travel to Cuba and Bermuda. “We have received many inquiries about travel to Cuba and Bermuda for both business and leisure opportunities,” spokesman Matt Cookson said. The […]
03/07/2017 04:24 PM
Friendly Planet is the latest to drop its Cuba prices
Friendly Planet is the latest to drop its Cuba prices By Gay Nagle Myers / March 06, 2017 Friendly Planet has announced price cuts on its six packaged people-to-people tours to Cuba, wrangling significant reductions of up to $1,000 per person, depending on the length of the tour. This move comes on the heels of […]
03/07/2017 04:19 PM
Cuba fears prez could wipe out island’s gains
Atkins: Cuba fears prez could wipe out island’s gains Kimberly Atkins Tuesday, March 07, 2017 NO LONGER JUST HANGING ON: Cuba’s begun to see a revival since former President Barack Obama restored diplomatic ties with the island nation. HAVANA — Raul Castro is not the only Cuban who is blasting President Trump’s foreign policy. Many […]
03/06/2017 07:05 PM
Cuba Kills Another Dissident
Cuba Kills Another Dissident After Obama’s detente: More tourists on the island and more repression. By Mary Anastasia O’Grady March 5, 2017 5:08 p.m. ET Score another kill for the Cuban military dictatorship: Last month it eliminated Afro-Cuban dissident Hamell Santiago Más Hernández, an inmate of one of its most notoriously brutal prisons. The remarkable […]
03/05/2017 05:09 PM
Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba
Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba / 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 26 February 2017 – I don’t know how my mother managed always to know a little more about my friends and their customs, and even those of the neighbors, because her limited time did not allow her to gossip; but she […]
03/04/2017 08:32 PM
Travelling to Cuba this year? Swap your hotel for a homestay
Travelling to Cuba this year? Swap your hotel for a homestay Nicola Trup Evening Standard March 3, 2017 There’s a cowboy waiting outside my room. Kitted out in a checked shirt, jeans and a Stetson, he introduces himself as Miguel, and soon we’re clip-clopping away in a horse-drawn cart. Trinidad, in southern Cuba, is more […]
03/04/2017 08:27 PM
Cuba struggles to satisfy cigar demand after bad crops
Cuba struggles to satisfy cigar demand after bad crops By Sarah Marsh | PINAR DEL RIO, CUBA Communist-led Cuba is struggling to maintain the supply of some premium cigar brands in the face of poor tobacco harvests and rising demand, industry experts said at its annual cigar festival. El Niño weather that brought excessive rains […]
03/04/2017 08:23 PM
CUBA’S QUIET BATTLE FOR AMERICAN AIRSPACE
CUBA’S QUIET BATTLE FOR AMERICAN AIRSPACE By Barbara Sturken Peterson THE DAILY DOSEMAR 03 2017 Flight CU188, a twin-jet Airbus A320 on its way from the Caribbean to Canada, looks no different than the 5,000 other commercial planes flying through U.S. airspace —except maybe for that red, white and blue livery that looks straight out […]
03/03/2017 01:00 PM
Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution — punish the client
Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution — punish the client BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com The daughter of Cuba’s most powerful man is publicly discussing — perhaps in search of academic support before taking her idea to the legislature — a bold proposal to combat prostitution: penalize the clients who pay for sexual […]
02/28/2017 06:19 PM
Cuban cigar sales rise, defying flat luxury goods market
Cuban cigar sales rise, defying flat luxury goods market on February 26, 2015. Sales of Cuba’s legendary cigars rose 5 percent last year to $445 million, defying stagnation in the global luxury goods market, manufacturer Habanos said on Monday at the opening of the Caribbean island’s annual cigar festival. Habanos, which makes brands including Cohiba, […]
02/28/2017 06:06 PM
Could Cuba become the next destination for software development?
Could Cuba become the next destination for software development? BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com In Havana’s iconic Bacardí building, teams of computer programmers are working for U.S. companies with the tacit permission of the Cuban government. Could the island become the next international hotspot for software development? That’s not far-fetched, says John McIntire, chairman of […]
02/27/2017 05:04 PM
Area businesses could benefit greatly from potential opportunities in Cuba
Area businesses could benefit greatly from potential opportunities in Cuba BY BOB BARTZ Special to the Herald Commerce between Manatee County and Cuba played a significant role in our local economy up until the 1960 Cuban embargo. During the 19th century, local ranchers and farmers regularly shipped cattle and agriculture products from the banks of […]
02/26/2017 03:19 PM
Undercover American Tourists in Cuba
Undercover American Tourists in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 23 January 2017 — Miami Airport is almost a city. And the American Airlines’ departures area is a labyrinth, with dozens of corridors and passages. That’s why Noahn, an American living in Michigan, arrived five hours before his flight’s scheduled departure time to Varadero. He […]
02/26/2017 02:29 PM
Americans skipping out on Cuba
Americans skipping out on Cuba By The Washington Post By Justin Bachman America, did you miss the travel industry’s memo declaring Cuba the hottest new destination? Apparently. Service to the long-time U.S. foe began in September, but after just five months the largest carrier to the island, American Airlines Group Inc., cut daily flights by […]
02/25/2017 09:30 PM
Are Bikes Coming Back to Cuba With the Economic Crisis?
Are Bikes Coming Back to Cuba With the Economic Crisis? / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 23 February 2017 — When you look at the photos of the most difficult years of Cuba’s “Special Period,” there are several details that can be observed: how skinny Cubans were, the deterioration of their clothing, and […]
02/25/2017 06:48 PM
ONE ISRAELI KILLED AND EIGHT INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT IN CUBA
ONE ISRAELI KILLED AND EIGHT INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT IN CUBA BY LAURA SIGAL FEBRUARY 25, 2017 11:24 According to Israel Radio, the injured, all in their 60s, suffered from minor to moderate injuries. One went though surgery overnight. One Israeli, named as 70-year-old, Nahum Heinken from Gadera, was killed and eight others were injured […]
02/24/2017 09:52 PM
After frequent price hikes, cost of visiting Cuba coming down
After frequent price hikes, cost of visiting Cuba coming down BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com American travelers checking into Cuban hotels and dining at Havana’s more upscale private restaurants since the U.S. rapprochement with Cuba have experienced more than a bit of sticker shock. Since the Obama administration’s opening to Cuba allowed more Americans to travel […]
02/23/2017 07:10 PM
Cuba Needs Responsible Water Usage
Cuba Needs Responsible Water Usage February 23, 2017 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES – The drought in Cuba could stop being a crisis and become a chronic disease, as is already the case in many other countries. The only way out seems to be to devise a global strategy that allows us and requires a […]
02/21/2017 02:56 PM
Hotel Manzana, From Abandonment to the Controversy of Its Restoration
Hotel Manzana, From Abandonment to the Controversy of Its Restoration / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 20 February 2017 – People’s memories of Manzana de Gomez vary according to how old the person is. Cubans over 60 evoke a huge commercial center surrounded by Neptuno, San Rafael, Zulueta and Monserrate Streets. Those under […]
02/20/2017 11:35 PM
Tampa cruises will add millions to Cuban economy
Tampa cruises will add millions to Cuban economy Paul Guzzo, Times Staff Writer Sunday, February 19, 2017 9:12pm TAMPA — Major cruise lines will start sailing from Port Tampa Bay to Havana in the coming months, with possibly more than 40,000 passengers spread out over 22 voyages who could add more than $5 million to […]
02/18/2017 04:27 PM
Former DC resident got to Cuba, not heard from lately
Former DC resident got to Cuba, not heard from lately By Martin Weil February 18 at 12:13 AM In the latest report on the travels of Parker, the National Zoo disclosed that when last heard from, the former Washington resident appeared to be in Cuba. Parker, it seems, went by air, without paying a fare, […]
02/17/2017 09:08 PM
Cuban Doctors and Nurses in Exchange for Angolan Oil
Cuban Doctors and Nurses in Exchange for Angolan Oil / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 14 February 2017 — In a memorable address on December 18, 2008 in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, Raúl Castro referred to what we now know as Operation Carlota, saying, “We told the Angolan people we will only take with […]
02/17/2017 09:06 PM
Cuban Customers – Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom
Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years after the government allowed […]
02/17/2017 08:02 PM
Flight confusion reigns as Cuba’s tourism boom is beset by teething problems
Flight confusion reigns as Cuba’s tourism boom is beset by teething problems Claire Boobbyer The Telegraph 17 February 2017 Cuba remains a hot-ticket destination for British travellers as airlines launch new routes and cruise tourism surges. But as the boom continues, confusion has taken hold over whether Britons are able to board the new direct […]
02/17/2017 07:57 PM
Now That Cuba Is Open, Americans Aren’t Going
Now That Cuba Is Open, Americans Aren’t Going Last year they couldn’t wait to see Havana. This year airlines cut service. What happened? by Justin Bachman February 17, 2017, 9:45 AM GMT+1 America, did you miss the travel industry’s memo declaring Cuba the hottest new destination? Apparently. Service to the long-time U.S. foe began in […]
02/16/2017 12:53 AM
Lack Of Packaging And Containers Reinforces Ingenuity Of Cuba’s Recyclers
Lack Of Packaging And Containers Reinforces Ingenuity Of Cuba’s Recyclers / EFE, 14ymedio Plastic bags drying on a clothesline after being washed for reuse. (CC) EFE (Via 14ymedio), Havana, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba, take-away pizza is eaten on piece of paper, people go to the market with their own bags, and rum bottles […]
02/15/2017 11:02 PM
CSU forges Cuba connection: How to promote tourism without hurting communities and the environment
CSU forges Cuba connection: How to promote tourism without hurting communities and the environment Colorado and Cuban officials are seeking ways to promote sustainable economic growth By BRUCE FINLEY | bfinley@denverpost.com | The Denver Post February 14, 2017 at 6:54 pm Colorado State University is negotiating a formal deal with Cuba for joint exploration of […]
02/15/2017 10:54 PM
China Moves Into Cuba as Venezuela Fades, Trump Looms
China Moves Into Cuba as Venezuela Fades, Trump Looms February 14, 2017 8:30 PM Reuters HAVANA — From buses and trucks to a $500 million golf resort, China is deepening its business footprint in Cuba, helping the fellow Communist-run state survive a crisis in oil-benefactor Venezuela and insulate against a possible rollback of U.S. detente. […]
02/15/2017 10:51 PM
Carnival Cruise Line Will Join the Crowds in Cuba
Carnival Cruise Line Will Join the Crowds in Cuba Hannah Sampson, Skift – Feb 15, 2017 6:00 am @hannahbsampson SKIFT TAKE With Carnival Cruise Line now in the mix, all the major mass-market cruise lines now have Cuba on the horizon. The question now is how travelers will respond. — Hannah Sampson More than a […]
02/15/2017 10:49 PM
Agents Seeing an Explosion of Cuba Bookings
Agents Seeing an Explosion of Cuba Bookings HOST AGENCY & CONSORTIA TRAVEL LEADERS GROUP ROBIN AMSTER FEBRUARY 15, 2017 Nearly 22 percent of its leisure-focused travel agents have already booked clients for Cuba travel in 2017 while more than 59 percent said clients are interested in going this year, according to a Travel Leaders Group […]
02/15/2017 10:47 PM
Travel Costs Falling in Cuba
Travel Costs Falling in Cuba TOUR OPERATOR DAVID COGSWELL FEBRUARY 15, 2017 Prices for travel in Cuba have gone down for the first time in a very long time, as we’ve been used to constant—and sometimes steep—increases. “Prices in Cuba have been going up, up, up, up, up and up and up and up,” said […]
02/12/2017 07:24 PM
Fidel Castro’s Ashes and Che’s Bones Compete to Attract Visitors
Fidel Castro’s Ashes and Che’s Bones Compete to Attract Visitors / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 10 February 2017 – The fight for popularity between Fidel Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara continues even after the death of both leaders. According to an article in last Saturday’s official newspaper Granma, some 150,000 people – both Cubans and foreign tourists […]
02/12/2017 06:22 PM
JetBlue joins American in scaling back service to Cuba
JetBlue joins American in scaling back service to Cuba Hugo Martin When the Obama administration announced an agreement last year to allow regularly scheduled flights into Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, major U.S. airlines stumbled over each other to get access to the island nation. But now JetBlue says it […]
02/10/2017 06:21 PM
How does Cuba manage to achieve first-world health statistics?
How does Cuba manage to achieve first-world health statistics? The island’s medical system is envied throughout the region and is a major foreign revenue earner Havana 10 FEB 2017 – 16:08 CET Cuba’s healthcare system is a source of pride for its communist government. The country has well-trained, capable doctors, the sector has become an […]
02/08/2017 07:33 PM
Airbnb, The Cuban Experience
Airbnb, The Cuban Experience / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 7 February 2017 — Rustic, elegant or family friendly. These are the preferred accommodations offered by Airbnb in Cuba. The hosts, for their part, prefer serious customers who pay well, but above all value the ability to directly manage their rental, two years […]
02/08/2017 05:41 PM
Cuba experiencing an economic crisis
Cuba experiencing an economic crisis By Nora Gamez Torres El Nuevo Herald Published Feb 7, 2017 at 12:02AM MIAMI — The Cuban government reportedly paid $5.2 billion in 2016 to meet its commitments after an extensive restructuring of its foreign debt in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis not likely to improve this year. […]
02/08/2017 05:27 PM
Norwegian adds 25 more cruises this year from Miami to Cuba
Norwegian adds 25 more cruises this year from Miami to Cuba Mary Forgione Norwegian Cruise Line is doubling down on Cuba. Its Norwegian Sky will be adding more round-trip cruises from Miami to Cuba through December, the line announced Tuesday. Norwegian announced earlier that it would begin bringing the Sky — the largest cruise ship […]
02/08/2017 05:17 PM
Couple left distraught after dream £25,000 Cuba wedding turns to disaster when hotel roof COLLAPSED leaving bride permanently scarred and groom with broken ribs
WEDDING FROM HELL Couple left distraught after dream £25,000 Cuba wedding turns to disaster when hotel roof COLLAPSED leaving bride permanently scarred and groom with broken ribs Sarah and John Wenham were both injured the day before the wedding of their dreams BY BRITTANY VONOW AND MEGAN WHITE 8th February 2017, 11:06 am A BRIDE […]
02/08/2017 05:02 PM
The Cuban hustle – Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for meager pay
The Cuban hustle: Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for meager pay By ROB WATERS FEBRUARY 8, 2017 HAVANA — He knew as a child that he wanted to be a doctor, like his father. He went to medical school, became a general surgeon and ultimately a heart specialist. He practiced at […]
02/08/2017 04:57 PM
Havana’s newest hotel will set mark for luxury
Havana’s newest hotel will set mark for luxury BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Geneva-based Kempinski Hotels said Tuesday that it plans to open a five-star hotel this spring in the Old Havana section of the Cuban capital, giving Havana a luxury offering that has been missing from its hotel mix. Kempinski will operate the 246-room hotel […]
02/07/2017 03:11 PM
Eusebio Leal’s Social Programs in Old Havana Disappear under GAESA
Eusebio Leal’s Social Programs in Old Havana Disappear under GAESA / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 2 February 2017 — On July 30, 2016 the new military management that officially took over the Cuban tourism company Habaguanex and other business entities that had belonged to the Office of the Historian of the City of […]
02/07/2017 02:20 PM
U.S. travelers wait to see if Cuba strides will be undone
U.S. travelers wait to see if Cuba strides will be undone By Spud Hilton, San Francisco Chronicle February 6, 2017 Updated: February 6, 2017 12:54pm Pouring the first of what would be many Cuba Libres he would make that day, Israel the bartender at Hotel Nacional said he was excited that restrictions on U.S. travelers […]
02/07/2017 02:13 PM
Cuba paid more than $5 billion in foreign debt last year but the economy is still dragging
Cuba paid more than $5 billion in foreign debt last year but the economy is still dragging BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The Cuban government reportedly paid $5.2 billion in 2016 to meet its commitments after an extensive restructuring of its foreign debt in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis not likely to improve […]
02/07/2017 02:02 PM
One of Obama’s parting acts – Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton
One of Obama’s parting acts: Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In his last month in office, former President Barack Obama preempted what could have been one of President Donald Trump’s first actions on Cuba: he suspended a section of the Helms-Burton Act that allows former owners of commercial property expropriated by […]
02/06/2017 04:12 PM
Police in Holguin Pursue a Cuban and Three Foreigners
Police in Holguin Pursue a Cuban and Three Foreigners / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 23 January 2017 — At nine at night on 19 January in the Pueblo Nuevo neighborhood in the eastern province of Holguin, suddenly out of nothing there was a bustling scene of police chase going after a Cuban citizen […]
02/06/2017 03:27 PM
Trump’s warnings grow, but so are travelers and flights to Cuban soil
Trump’s warnings grow, but so are travelers and flights to Cuban soil Harriet Baskas, Special to CNBC Last week, the newly inaugurated Trump administration warned it was in the middle of a “full review” of U.S. policy toward Cuba—prompting new questions about how committed President Donald Trump will be to the political and cultural thaw […]
02/06/2017 03:25 PM
Cuba is a Country Firmly Set in the Past
Cuba is a Country Firmly Set in the Past February 5, 2017 By Laura Vazquez Lopez* HAVANA TIMES — I still remember the smell of a storm that was constantly lingering in the air, those beads of sweat that ran down my neck because of the humidity, the most beautiful skies I have ever seen […]
02/06/2017 03:23 PM
Cuba interested in Azerbaijani investments
Cuba interested in Azerbaijani investments 6 February 2017 17:31 (UTC+04:00)230 By Nigar Abbasova Cuba is eager to see a flow of Azerbaijani investments in the Caribbean country and ready to provide all necessary and advantageous conditions to reach the goal. Cuba’s Ambassador to Baku Alfredo Nieves Portuondo said that his country is interested in Azerbaijani […]
02/05/2017 05:50 PM
Cuba Does Not Need US Investment To Develop Its Economy
Cuba Does Not Need US Investment To Develop Its Economy / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 2 February 2017 – A previous article addressed the economic policy of the current Cuban government to hinder the private economy – forbidding investment from Cubans on the island and abroad – and favoring foreign investment, mainly […]
02/04/2017 10:53 PM
Guanabo, the new ‘Costa del Sol’
Guanabo, the new ‘Costa del Sol’ / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 31 January 2017 – With an indigenous name and sands full of memories, Guanabo is the beach east of Havana that in recent months has experienced a quiet transformation. Many repatriated Cubans, foreign residents on the island, and local entrepreneurs have […]
02/04/2017 02:24 AM
Inspections and Fines in Cuban Private Restaurants
Inspections and Fines in Cuban Private Restaurants / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 30 January 2017 — A fine that is stranger than fiction. More than 400,000 Cuban convertible pesos (roughly the same in dollars), is the astronomical figure set as a penalty for La California restaurant, a palader (private restaurant) a few steps […]
02/02/2017 06:42 PM
Confusion mounts over Port Tampa Bay’s Cuba intentions
Confusion mounts over Port Tampa Bay’s Cuba intentions Paul Guzzo, Times Staff Writer Thursday, February 2, 2017 5:30am TAMPA — The official word from Port Tampa Bay last week was that the port had no intention of entering into an agreement that would open the door to possible future business dealings with Cuba. Other ports […]
02/02/2017 06:36 PM
Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market
Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market Less than 100 miles south of Key West sits a socialist country forbidden from doing business with the U.S. for 57 years. Now it’s on the brink of being opened to American entrepreneurs. Meet the ones hoping to cash in first. By David Whitford The Friday before […]
02/01/2017 07:21 PM
American Airlines opens Havana ticket office
American Airlines opens Havana ticket office American Airlines celebrated the grand opening of its Havana ticket office on Tuesday. The sales center is in El Centro de Negocios de Miramar, a two-block section of office and retail buildings in the city’s Miramar/Playa section where other international airline and travel offices are located. American began flying […]

 

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