Thursday, June 04, 2015

 

Cuba tourism is already booming… and they’re just getting started


by Larry Geller

Cuba tourism is already picking up. At the bottom of this post please see a sample of an arranged group tour. It looks like a very reasonable price for what you get. Can Hawaii compete? Cuba is not yet a threat… but watch out.

Here’s a video segment from Democracy Now’s program of Tuesday, June 2, 2015. It’s a Video Postcard from Havana: Cuban Tourism Industry Adapts During These Changing Times. A transcript is at the link.

In many ways, Cuba seems to be in a time warp. But things are changing quickly. Since the December 17th announcement by President Obama that the U.S. would relax some aspects of its economic and trade embargo, Americans have flooded the island, with more than a million expected to visit this year. With already increased travel, hotels are now booked months in advance.

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The tour I mentioned earlier:

The all-inclusive cost of this weeklong tour is $5,550 / $5,950 per person (double/single occupancy) and includes round-trip chartered airfare from Tampa to Havana, six nights at the four-star NH Hotel Capri La Habana, one evening at a private residence in Viñales, airport transfers, health and evacuation insurance, Cuban visas, all ground transportation within Cuba, guided tours, seminars, lectures, visits to Cuba’s preeminent museums, private concerts, dance performances, most of your meals, and many other captivating activities and events.

Information (and registration, if you’re interested) is here. This particular tour, one of several you might find, is organized by The Nation magazine.



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