French Foreign Minister: We Want to Be Cuba’s Partner

a67ef7f24f8a97b76c26616f0f2eec5f_lThe French minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, expressed his government”s interest in becoming Cuba”s partner in the framework of the Caribbean island”s update of its economic model. After touring Old Havana, the foreign minister repeated France’s intention to reinforce bilateral ties with Cuba.

In statements to the National TV News, the head of French diplomacy commented that President Emmanuel Macron asked him to convey a message to his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Diaz-Canel, and to tell him that France wants to maintain the dynamics of existing relations. We have exceptional ties that were consolidated during then President Raul Castro’s visit to France in 2016.
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Cubans to Look Into Draft of New Constitution

cuba-constitu-proyectoThe draft of the new Constitution will be submitted to popular consultation from August 13 to November 15, a process that would lead to the drawing up of a final text before being voted in a referendum for it approval.
Millions of Cubans from all sectors of the society are expected to issue criteria and proposals on the document, which would return to the National People’s Power Assembly (Parliament) for the referendum.
If the project is approved by the population, the current Constitution in force since 1976 would be replaced.

MARTYRS’ DAY Living history

f0022835At 20-some years of age, life is a dream. The future is to be discovered and goals set. It is not a time to think of death.The departure of a young person is all the more painful, in the face of so much hope cut short. This was the sentiment that moved heroic Santiago that July 31, 1953, when the dictatorship was obliged to concede the streets to the indignant people bearing the bodies of Frank País García and Raúl Pujol.  Continue reading MARTYRS’ DAY Living history

Cuba, Vietnam Set Up Company for Industrial Park in the Island

cuba-vietnam-viglaceraCuba and Vietnam set up today the ViMariel S.A. company to develop an industrial park in the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM), located about 45 kilometers west of this capital.From an administrative concession granted by the Cuban government, Vietnamese corporation Viglacera received authorization early this year to carry out the mentioned work.

Through its subsidiary ViMariel S.A., the Viglacera company foresees to open businesses in the park linked to constructions, as of own entities and associated companies.


Registrations for MITM Americas Havana Meeting Increase

mitm-americasThe organizers of the 22nd edition of the MITM Americas Havana meeting assured today that the interest of professionals from the sector in attending the meeting, planned for September in Havana, is growing.  Organized for September 18 to 21 at Melia Cohiba Hotel in this city, the meeting aims at a strictly business fair, with rigorously selected buyers and not admitting visitors of any kind, an official statement states.
MICE tourism is the acronym for meeting, incentive, congress and exhibition tourism. Since 1997, GSAR Marketing has sponsored MITM Americas, the oldest international MICE trade fair in the Americas and the Caribbean dedicated to professionals in the tourism industry.
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Giant Guayabera to be Paraded in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba

1guayabera-giganteThe giant guayabera that protects the House that bears the name of the national garment, the only institution of its kind in Cuba, will march through the streets of this Sancti Spiritus town, founded in 1514.
The route, which is part of the festivities for the Santiago Espirituano -is from the 18th century- includes Avenida de los Mártires, from the Central Platform to the central Serafín Sánchez Valdivia park.
This garment, three meters wide and five meters long, will be hoisted in the Rubén Martínez Villena Provincial Library, formerly the El Progreso Cultural Society, and is one of the activities incorporated into the traditional Santiago Espirituano in 2009.

Cruise Critic Names the World’s Most Popular Cruise Destinations Based on Consumer Reviews

timthumb.incCuba’s capital city of Havana was named the Best Cruise Destination in the Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya for the first time. While international cruise lines have long visited Cuba, U.S. travelers have only been legally visiting since 2016. Today, 17 cruise lines visit Cuba, and cruise travel is considered one of the best – and easiest – ways to visit the island as U.S. regulations continue to evolve.

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Confusion About Travel Restrictions to Cuba Provides Opportunity for Agents

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Two years after the easing of travel restrictions to Cuba for Americans, fewer people are interested in taking a trip to the island nation than before and there is lingering confusion surrounding the current travel policy, according to a study by travel insurance provider, Allianz.

The new regulations and what they are not saying in the written language is what is confusing consumers. How people can travel to Cuba, how they can obtain what they need in order to do so, what should and could they do. They still aren’t sure,” Tammy Estes, Certified Accessible Travel Advocate (CATA) of Estes Consultant of Travel, in Augusta, Maine, told Travel Market Report. “Travel to Cuba is not impossible, and we need to tap into the industry and help guide our consumers through the confusion!”

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