Expedia to offer Cuban properties through global platforms

Expedia to offer Cuban properties through global platforms

Expedia has announced travellers can now book hotels in Cuba on its global points of sale.

The destination continues to generate interest as a hot destination among traveller; its ministry of tourism reported more than four million foreign visitors in 2016, with the biggest increase in visitor numbers from the US.

From the colourful and historic streets of Havana and Hemmingway’s homestead in San Francisco de Paula, to the cobbled colonial town of Trinidad and beyond, travellers from around the world can today leverage Expedia sites to research and book properties throughout Cuba.

With hotel options spanning from the east to the west side of the island, there will be no shortage of accommodations for consumers to choose from, including Pinar Del Rio, Camaguey, and Santiago de Cuba.

Expedia has been closely working with local Cuban partners to bring travellers to this widely-anticipated market, and make the hotel booking process as easy as possible.

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“We’ve been working around the clock with our partners to be able to offer this iconic, culture-rich destination to our global customers, with the added convenience of online booking through a trusted travel partner,” said Mario Ribera, vice president of market management for Latin America.

“As one of the first US companies to offer hotel bookings in Cuba for individual travellers, we’re well-poised to bring new consumers into the market, further strengthening the value proposition with our partners.”

Both US and non-US travellers can research and book their Cuba accommodations in compliance with OFAC regulations on Expedia points-of-sale globally with US travellers certifying that their travel falls under one of 12 categories of authorised travel.

These include family visits, travel for government work, journalism, professional research, humanitarian work and educational activities, and “people-to-people” educational travel, among others and with non-U.S travellers confirming that they are not subject to US jurisdiction.

Expedia platforms include including Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, and CheapTickets.