Western & Oriental, the luxury tour operator which offers a comprehensive Cuba travel programme, has experienced an unprecedented surge of interest in Cuba travel enquiries following the USA’s announcement yesterday to relax regulations, making it much easy for US citizens to visit the island.
Cuba is expected to receive a boom in visitors from the United States after the Obama administration took a series of steps to normalise relations between the two countries. At present, travel between the two destinations is heavily restricted, with direct commercial flights banned, special visas compulsory and visitors required to join strictly controlled groups.
Abercrombie & Kent has suspended plans to offer holidays to Cuba following concerns over its relationship with the Foundation for Caribbean Studies. The luxury travel tour company had affiliated itself to the Cuba-based Foundation in an attempt to open the ‘people-to-people’ requirement needed to offer trips to the island.
Cuba has added nine further cities in the United States to a list of permitted departure points for travel to the Caribbean island. Cuban travel agency Havanatur Celimar added Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the list from where charter flights would be accepted.
Iberostar has built on its position in Cuba with the opening of two new properties in Havana and Cayo Ensenachos. Also in the Caribbean today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Havana.
A congressional committee has voted to lift the ban on U.S. travel to Cuba, a first but significant step towards rebuilding trade and travel relations between the countries. A removal would lead to an expected tourism bonanza by Americans to the island.
Insurewithease.com warns that holidays could be stopped before they even start if tourists forget their travel insurance documents when heading to Cuba
Cuba has unveiled plans to allow overseas parties to develop tourist attractions on its territory, including golf courses, marinas and associated residential developments. The Communist government suggested long-term leases would be on offer to developers, as present regulations prohibit overseas ownership of real estate.
As far as opening up Cuba for travel is concerned, the US Treasury is distinctly off-key with the notes being sounded by the White House and Congress.