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Cuba: economic updates + the new Constitution

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Since the beginning of the constitutional reform process, much has been written about the reasons change is needed, and foremost among these is the need to adjust the country’s fundamental law to our current reality, especially the transformations underway as the Policy Guidelines from the Seventh Party Congress are implemented, in accordance with strategic projections outlined in the Conceptualization of our economic model.

Thus it is no surprise that, as the popular consultation began on Monday – to continue through November 15 – many have noted that this reform is consistent with the economic updating underway, and that there are many connections to documents approved during the Seventh Party Congress which point toward a more just, sovereign, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable society.

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Cuba: three million international visitors … and counting

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According to the Cuban Tourism Minister , Cuba just arrived at three million international visitors, an amount that is achieved in the midst of the campaigns organized from US  to discourage the flow of American visitors to the island.

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Start the day with fresh fruit and great coffee, tea or hot chocolate… – Via Villa Paradiso

Who says Cuban food is bad! Our guests will tell you otherwise – in Baracoa (and at Villa Paradiso!) food is delicious and there’s something for everybody – vegetarian, vegan folks or meat and seafood lovers.

Villa Paradiso offers its guests breakfasts and dinners with the best of Baracoa and Eastern Cuba’s traditional and creative cuisine, all prepared with fresh, organic ingredients from the region.

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Staying the Course: CREST Coalition Work in Cuba

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” Cuba is safe and open for travel. There is no evidence that tourists have been involved with the same kinds of health incidents suffered by U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Havana.”

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Just Released: CREST Survey of U.S. Tour Operators and Other Service Providers to Cuba

February 14, 2018: In January and February of 2018, the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) reached out to 156 U.S. tour operators and other service providers that have previously offered or currently offer trips to Cuba. View the full Press Release covering the survey and Key Findings of the 42 responses received.

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Beginning in June 2017, the Trump administration announced a series of measures which have undermined and, in some instances, reversed the diplomatic and travel liberalizations put in place under President Obama. Most crippling for U.S. travel have been the State Department’s official Travel Warning advising “U.S. citizens not to travel to Cuba,” the steep cuts in diplomatic personnel in the U.S. Embassy in Havana and Cuban Embassy in Washington, and the bans on specific types of travel and business transactions.

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CUBA RECEIVES 2,5 MLN TOURISTS IN FIRST HALF 2018

04a65a48a8f2e8e65b61e6e5ed2dde5b_lCuba is on track to meet its target of drawing 5 million foreign visitors by the end of 2018, with 2.5 million international tourists arriving in the first half of the year, local media reported on Saturday.  Cuba’s Tourism Ministry was lauded for its efforts to recover tourism flows in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, which lashed northern Cuba in 2017.  In 2017, 4.7 million foreign visitors traveled to Cuba, an 11.6-percent increase from the year before.

 

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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53% of Scientists in Cuba are Women

biotecnologiaSome 86,426 individuals work in Cuba’s science sector, 53% of whom are women, according to the President of the Cuban Academy of Sciences (ACC) Dr. Luis C. Velázquez Pérez speaking during the First International Science and Education Congress taking place in the Havana International Conference Center.
The Cuban expert described this achievement as one of the sector’s strengths, highlighting the importance of science, technology and innovation (CTI) toward overcoming the country’s challenges and promoting development.
In this sense, he explained that the CTI system includes some 15,993 PhD holders (355 with a combined degree); 25,000 university professors; 6,839 researchers; 30 specialist universities and thousands of technicians.

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CUBAN ECONOMY GROWS 1.1 PERCENT IN FIRST HALF OF 2018

9ce96f7be47d5c98c851aaca8ed0c6a6_lThe Cuban Gross Domestic Product had a discreet growth of 1.1 percent at the end of the first half, when the county faced shortages in hard currency, said Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of the Council of State and Ministers.

In his closing speech of the first ordinary session of the IX Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP), the president said that the result “is encouraging in the midst of so many adverse factors. He argued that the tense situation in the external finances remains, due to the failure to meet planned revenues from exports, tourism and sugar production, as well as the harmful effects of recent weather events.

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Cuba, TripAdvisor and the Tourism Upward Spiral

cuba-turismo7Havana, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) With the recent mention of several Cuban hotels for TripAdvisor”s Excellence category, this global tourism network is now repeating the choices of local venues and establishments distinguished for their goodness and services.
Such selections are a significant indicator which will be appreciated this Friday by tour operators and travel agents working in the archipelago. The island received about 4.7 million foreign visitors last year and aims to close 2018 with a similar number.

TripAdvisor Inc. is an American website which provides overviews of travel-related content, considered the most famous of its kind, and the most demanding.
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