Cuba gets ready for high season in the tourism sector, expecting more than four million visitors, despite the mediation of commercial and the financial blockade imposed by Washington.
On his bed in the intensive care unit of Pepe Portilla Pediatric Hospital, where he has lived the last two years and seven months, King Dennys Santiesteban shows me his collection of toy dinosaurs.
The Trump administration changed the rules for Americans traveling to Cuba in June, but it did not close down tourism.
The capital of Cuba, founded on November 16th, 1519, is celebrating half a millennium. Habanos is symbol of tradition and exclusivity. It’s history is closely linked to the city that lent its name, Havana.
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Last Saturday began the biggest popular party that takes place in Havana, the 2019 Carnival, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the emblematic troupe of the Guaracheros de Regla and the centenary of the birth of the great Benny Moré.
The 500 years of the Villa de San Cristóbal, the centenary of the birth of the Barbarian of the Benny Moré Rhythm, as well as the 30 years of the Provincial Center of the Carnival were honored in the light of the floats.
There’s been some confusion as to whether Americans can travel to Cuba or not. The short answer is yes, but you have to plan strategically.
Recently, the Trump administration banned cruise ships to the island and eliminated the “people-to-people” visa category that ultimately relaxed the travel restrictions to Cuba.
Since the current administration’s latest ban, there are now 12 visa categories that allow legal travel to Cuba, including professional research, public performances, religious activities, family visits, humanitarian projects, journalist activity, and support for the Cuban people.
Of the listed categories, support for the Cuban people is the best option for travelers and requires a “full-time schedule” of activities that enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people’s independence from Cuban authorities.
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Several media reports and messages from the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) summarize the development of hotels in the Cuban capital, as a distinctive sign of the boom of the tourism industry.
A report from MINTUR refers to the new five-star-plus Hotel Paseo del Prado, and the list of new establishments that will be inaugurated soon in Havana. It will be the first SO/ hotel of the French chain Accor and its inauguration is scheduled for this year. The building will have a tower that resembles a ship’s bow.
The International Tourism Fair of Cuba, FITCuba 2019, on its 39th edition is the most important event in the Cuban Tourism Industry.
On this occasion the fair will be held at the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña – construction of the eighteenth century, part of the Historic Center of Old Havana, declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1982 by UNESCO.
Attendees will get the chance to enjoy a variety of celebrations for Havana 500th anniversary, from May 6 to 11, 2019. In addition professionals will benefit from commercial and promotional exchange as well.
Events and Incentives will be the main theme of this fair, among few other events taking place in Cuba are the International Habanos cigar Festival, the International Gibara Film Festival, the Fire Festival, FITCuba, TURNAT, FOTOSUB.
Spain will be the country’s guest of honor, a country linked to Cuba for more than five centuries.
PARIS, 6 May – Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April – 4 May) in Paris.
“The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”
“The Report also tells us that it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global,” he said. “Through ‘transformative change’, nature can still be conserved, restored and used sustainably – this is also key to meeting most other global goals. By transformative change, we mean a fundamental, system-wide reorganization across technological, economic and social factors, including paradigms, goals and values.”
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