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60th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas and International Seminar on Tourism and Culture will be held at Hotel Habana Libre, in Havana, Cuba, from 3 to 5 May 2016.
The world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced that Cuba has granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba starting on May 1, 2016. Following U.S. authorization granted in July 2015, Carnival Corporation is now cleared to operate the 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its newest brand Fathom.
This marks the first time in over 50 years a cruise ship is approved to sail from the United States to Cuba.
The approval paves way for Carnival Corporation through its Fathom brand to operate historic full-week sailings from the U.S. to Cuba starting in May 2016.
Iberia has named its third new A330-200 for the Cuban capital city, Havana. The naming of “La Habana”, registered as EC-MJT, marks the 70th anniversary of the Spanish airline’s first flight to Latin America in 1946, when it became the first European airline to fly to the region after World War II.
In 1946 Havana became one of Iberia’s earliest Latin American destinations. After a two-year interruption, in June of 2015 Iberia resumed its services to Cuba, and in less than a year increased seat supply by 30%, raising the number of flights per week from five to seven. As of 1 June it will operate daily return flights between Madrid and the Cuban capital.
The agenda for the visit to be paid by US President Barack Obama on March 20-22 will include official talks, a tour of Old Havana and an address to the civil society.
On Monday, he will hold official talks with his counterpart Raul Castro, and they will give a joint press conference.
Also on March 21, President Obama will pay tribute to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti, a figure that embodies the Cuban people’s feelings, he announced.
On March 22, on the last day of his visit, President Obama will meet with the Cuban people and the civil society at the Alicia Alonso Grand Teater of Havanam where he will give a speech that will be broadcast live nationwide.PL reports
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc signed three new hotel deals in Cuba, marking the first U.S. based hospitality company to enter the market in nearly 60 years. This announcement follows receipt of authorization from the U.S. Treasury Department for Starwood to operate hotels in Cuba. Long-time Havana icon, Hotel Inglaterra, will join The Luxury Collection and Hotel Quinta Avenida will become a Four Points by Sheraton. Both hotels will undergo renovations before raising their new brand flags later in 2016. The Company also announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent to convert the famed Hotel Santa Isabel into a member of The Luxury Collection.
The Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez declared Cuba would eliminate a 10% tax on on the US dollar. The minister said it’s in response to the US Treasury Department’s decision this week easing financial restrictions on Cuba. He clarify the elimination of the tax penalty decision will take affect only after being verified with international banks correspondent the real possibility for Cuban banks to use US dollars in its operations, and also such operations operations are carried out with complete normality.
In 2004 the Central Bank of Cuba (BCC) issued a resolution, which stipulated that a 10% tax would be applied whenever US dollars are exchanged for Cuban Pesos Convertibles (CUC). The measure is applied to nationals and foreign visitors .
Next Monday, The US President Barack Obama will pay a visit to Havana. He will be the first US president to visit Cuba since 1928.
The US government latest amendments on the Cuban sanctions establishes that the US banks may process dollar transactions for Cuba as long as the buyer and seller are not American.