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    Foreigners and Cubans: Princes and Paupers

    Foreigners and Cubans: Princes and Paupers FRANCISCO ALMAGRO DOMÍNGUEZ | Miami | 15 de Junio de 2017 – 15:39 CEST. A woman friend of mine who lives in Miami recently traveled to the Island with her children. As her father is Cuban, she wanted her children to meet the family members who are still there. […] Continue reading

    Luxury hotels arrive in Cuba despite fears Trump may hurt tourism boom

    Luxury hotels arrive in Cuba despite fears Trump may hurt tourism boom By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA Towering cranes dot the Havana skyline as communist-run Cuba races to build luxury hotels, amid indignation among some residents and concern that U.S. President Donald Trump might reverse a detente that fueled the tourist boom. Swiss-based Kempinski Hotels […] Continue reading

    Cuba sees huge potential in medical tourism

    Cuba sees huge potential in medical tourism By Xu Qin | 00:01 UTC+8 June 7, 2017 | PRINT EDITION ANY talk of Cuba conjures up images of sun-kissed beaches, scintillating music, culture, traditions and a history that continues to unfold even now, but the Caribbean island nation’s top envoy in China is keen that visitors […] Continue reading

    Do we Cubans still need permission to enter state establishments?

    Do we Cubans still need permission to enter state establishments? JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 31 de Mayo de 2017 – 07:34 CEST. I recently went to buy cigarrettes at the Ruinas del Parque bar-restaurant, located on the corner of Obispo and Aguacate, in Old Havana. I said “good afternoon” to the doorman, […] Continue reading

    Turismo, el pastel solo para unos pocos

    Turismo, el pastel solo para unos pocos El sector debería ser inclusivo con los inversionistas cubanos Lunes, mayo 22, 2017 | Miriam Leiva LA HABANA, Cuba.- El turismo podría convertirse en la industria propulsora del despertar productivo y económico en Cuba. El pequeño archipiélago del mar Caribe, a 90 millas de Estados Unidos, posee una […] Continue reading

    New luxury mall in socialist Cuba pits state consumerism against the poor

    New luxury mall in socialist Cuba pits state consumerism against the poor Military’s business arm has transformed Manzana de Gomez mall into an opulent spectacle that both fascinates and alienates Cubans: ‘I can’t buy anything Associated Press in Havana Tuesday 9 May 2017 16.16 BST Last modified on Tuesday 9 May 2017 18.09 BST The […] Continue reading

    Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

    Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism? Javier Garcia-Bengochea Guest Columnist Privacy Policy It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige paraphrasing Mark Twain. It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative regarding […] Continue reading

    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 […] Continue reading

    Yachting to Cuba — a ‘beautiful’ exception to the embargo

    Yachting to Cuba — a ‘beautiful’ exception to the embargo BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com The 107-foot mega yacht has four cabins with private bathrooms, a jacuzzi, two jet skis, two auxiliary boats and a crew of four, including a chef. With all those amenities, the flamboyant vessel named Reflections recently departed from Key West to […] Continue reading

    One night in an Airbnb in Cuba costs twice what many Cubans make per month

    One night in an Airbnb in Cuba costs twice what many Cubans make per month By Nidhi Prakash Four months after Airbnb opened for business in Cuba, it’s becoming clear what kind of impact the uptick in American tourism may have on the local economy. The Associated Press reports that between January and May alone, […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Tourism Boom Is Causing Food Shortages

    Cuba’s Tourism Boom Is Causing Food Shortages Privately-owned restaurants are gobbling up the country’s vegetables by Brenna Houck@EaterDetroit Dec 8, 2016, 12:30pm EST The warming of relations between the United States government and Cuba this year created a boom in tourism for the island country. Cruise liners traveling from Miami began docking in Havana in […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Surge in Tourism Keeps Food Off Residents’ Plates

    Cuba’s Surge in Tourism Keeps Food Off Residents’ Plates By AZAM AHMEDDEC. 8, 2016 HAVANA — For Lisset Felipe, privation is a standard facet of Cuban life, a struggle shared by nearly all, whether they’re enduring blackouts or hunting for toilet paper. But this year has been different, in an even more fundamental way, she […] Continue reading

    Indian Workers Earn “Three Or Four Times More” Than Cubans, According To The Official Press

    Indian Workers Earn “Three Or Four Times More” Than Cubans, According To The Official Press / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 17 October 2016 — Three months after the revelation of the presence of workers from India in the construction of a luxury hotel in Havana, on Saturday the Cuban press mentioned, and […] Continue reading

    On the trail of Indian labourers in Cuba

    On the trail of Indian labourers in Cuba The largest ever group of foreign workers is earning more than their Cuban counterparts. Is this fuelling resentment? byEd Augustin @Ed_Augustin Ed Augustin is a filmmaker and journalist. He’s currently shooting a feature film about Guantanamo Bay. Havana, Cuba – Sparks fly and drills roar, but the […] Continue reading

    Under Cuban Socialism Something Was Always Missing

    Under Cuban Socialism Something Was Always Missing / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 12 September 2016 — In the best of times, when there were two ration books, sixty-year-old retiree Juan Alberto was happy. One was for food, which allotted you half a pound of beef every fifteen days, and one was for “manufactured goods,” which […] Continue reading

    Cayo Coco – An Emporium Of Cuban Military Capitalism

    Cayo Coco: An Emporium Of Cuban Military Capitalism / Iván García View from the pool of the Memories Flamenco Beach Resort, one of the several hotels that the Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A. administers in Cayo Coco. Taken from the blog Travel the World with Shirley A. Roe. Ivan Garcia, 22 August 2016 — The […] Continue reading

    Five Nights in Cuba’s Tourist Apartheid

    Five Nights in Cuba’s Tourist Apartheid / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 August 2016 — On a cloudy afternoon in early July, I went with my daughter to the reservation office in the basement of the Habana Libre hotel, to reserve for mid-August five nights in a hotel in Cayo Coco, in the north of […] Continue reading

    Yes, the Castros can be pressured

    Yes, the Castros can be pressured ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | La Habana | 3 Mayo 2016 – 8:39 am. The Castro brothers’ caving in and allowing Cuban-Americans to travel to Cuba aboard Carnival cruise ships revealed that they are vulnerable. Despite their efforts to conceal it, it is clear that they can be successfully pressured. […] Continue reading

    Foreign Investment Law – More Apartheid

    Foreign Investment Law: More Apartheid JORGE A. SANGUINETTY | Miami | 2 Mayo 2016 – 12:02 pm. At first glance, the Cuban Foreign Investment Law (Law 118, April 2014) seeks to attract capital to the country in order to raise its production level, especially as regards exportable products. Attracting foreign capital is perfectly legitimate for […] Continue reading

    With rough legal seas behind it, Fathom cruise will set sail for Cuba

    With rough legal seas behind it, Fathom cruise will set sail for Cuba Carnival’s Fathom line makes history Sunday with first U.S. cruise to Cuba in more than 50 years Protests, two lawsuits, exile ire over a Cuban policy threatened to scuttle the cruise After Cuban policy shift, about a dozen Cuban-born passengers will be […] Continue reading

    First cruise from U.S. to Cuba in over 50 years to set sail Sunday

    First cruise from U.S. to Cuba in over 50 years to set sail Sunday About 700 passengers, including photojournalist Joe Cavaretta and reporter Mike Clary from the Sun-Sentinel, will be aboard for the historic sailing to Cuba in more than 50 years. Mike Clary Sun Sentinel Editor’s note: When the first cruise ship to sail […] Continue reading

    Life is a carnival

    Life is a carnival JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | Miami | 26 Abr 2016 – 11:48 am. The passionate controversy that recently erupted around the Carnival cruise line reminded me of the immortal Celia Cruz song “La vida es un carnaval.” A foolhardy decision by said company sparked criticism from the Cuban-American community, amongst both those […] Continue reading

    Cuba Eases Decades-long Restriction on Sea Travel

    Cuba Eases Decades-long Restriction on Sea Travel By LIZETTE ALVAREZ APRIL 22, 2016 MIAMI — Cuba reversed a decades-old policy on Friday, lifting a restriction that prevented Cubans from entering or leaving the country by cruise ship or commercial vessel, according to a statement in the country’s national newspaper, Granma. The decision, another softening of […] Continue reading

    Carnival: Yanqui Si, Cuba No?

    Carnival: Yanqui Si, Cuba No? Carnival will allow Cuban-Americans to travel to Cuba on an inaugural cruise but Cuba may not allow the journey By SPENCER JAKAB Apr 18, 2016 1:16 pm ET The U.S. Cuba love-fest seemed to be going swimmingly last month when President Obama visited the island nation. U.S. companies involved in […] Continue reading