Tag: Cuba


Cuba targets over 3 million tourist arrivals in 2014

The National Statistics and Information Office announced during the first half of 2014, Cuba generated an international tourism revenue of $1.08 billion ($A1.17 billion), marking a year-on-year growth of four percent. In 2013, Cuba earned $1.8 billion from tourism. Following the export industry, the tourism sector is the second largest source of foreign currency for […]

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Cuba goes co-op in restaurant business

Cuban government’s bold decision to retreat from running every business on the island has resulted in more than 20 state restaurants becoming employee-run co-operatives. The restaurants are the first to be ceded by the state in this initiative of market-oriented reforms. Steps are already being taken up to deregulate small retail private businesses. Thousands of […]

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Cuban carrier launches new flight to Jamaica

Havana-based Aerogaviota Airlines has introduced three weekly flights between Cuba and Jamaica, three years after starting chartered flights to Jamaica. The move will bring a sigh of relief for passengers travelling to Jamaica due to chances of acquiring cheaper airfares. Stating the initiative as the start of a new phase, Yuri Gala Lopaz, Outgoing Cuban […]

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U.S. eases travel from Cuba

The U.S recently relaxed visa norms for Cubans, giving non-immigrant visas validity for five years instead of the current six months. The new visas allow Cubans to make multiple visits to the U.S. over a five year period without having to reapply for an expensive visitor visa every 6 months. The U.S. government says the […]

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Cuba and Brazil to collaborate in tourism sector

Cuba and Brazil are to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to bolster tourism between the two countries. Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero and his Brazilian counterpart Gastao Diaz Vieira are to sign a document of willingness to work together and look for ways to boost collaboration. Marrero will also hold discussions with President of the Brazilian […]

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Cuba woos tourists from Middle East

Cuba is set to launch a series of campaigns to introduce its tourist attractions to the Middle East, Cuba’s ambassador to Qatar Ernesto D Plesencia said. Plasencia said Cuba is now more aware than ever before about its emerging possibilities in tourism and recent campaigns to attract tourists from Middle East region have been remarkably […]

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British firm to help develop golf resort in Cuba

Five decades after Fidel Castro banned the operation of Cuba’s golf courses because he considered them elitist, the island’s present communist government has given green signal to the construction of a luxury golf resort, complete with an 18-hole course. The British firm Esencia Hotels and Resorts is to take part in developing a $350 million […]

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Cuba to expand lodging capacity to boost tourism

Cuba’s tourism ministry is planning to increase its lodging capacity to almost 85,000 rooms by 2020, Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero said. Marrero said Cuba currently has nearly 60,000 hotel rooms, 65% of which belong to four- or five-star hotels. The country intends to increase that number by some 20,000 rooms over the next seven years. […]

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Cubans eager to try new law easing travel rules

The overhaul of Cuba’s decades-old migratory law, announced three months ago, eliminates the much-detested exit visa known as the “white card” and is perhaps the most highly anticipated of a series of reforms initiated under President Raul Castro. Observers predict it will result in only a modest initial increase in trips by Cubans, who must […]

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