Resources for Understanding Cuba’s Economy

Resources for Understanding Cuba’s Economy

Cuba’s economy is largely state-controlled, with the government owning most means of production and employing a majority of the workforce. Key sectors of the island nation’s economy that generate foreign exchange include the export of professional services (largely medical personnel to Venezuela & Brazil); tourism, which has grown significantly since the mid-1990s, with 3.5 million … Read more

Reports Suggest Market Resistance to Havana Room Rate Increases

Reports Suggest Market Resistance to Havana Room Rate Increases

According to Integra Realty Resources’ (IRR) analysis in “Caribbean Market Update, 2016 Mid-Year Report” slightly over 30 million stopover visitors will visit the Caribbean in 2016 (including Cancun, Cozumel and Belize). Their data indicate average growth in tourist stopover arrivals to the (23 of 30) reporting markets in the Caribbean region (excluding Belize, Cancun and … Read more

Merchise Secures Sponsorships for Second Startup Weekend Havana

Merchise Secures Sponsorships for Second Startup Weekend Havana

The second Startup Weekend Havana, taking place in Havana Aug 5-7, has secured more sponsors. The current sponsors are: .CO @dotCO Dell @dell EngageCuba @Engage_Cuba HealthX Ventures @HealthXVentures Gener8tor @gener8tor CubaOutsource @CubaOutsource Merchise Startup Circle, the Havana-based group organizing the event, has secured a prime venue at the recently-re-branded Sheraton 5th Ave. The Sheraton announced … Read more

U.S. DOT Approves First Scheduled All-Cargo Service to Cuba

U.S. DOT Approves First Scheduled All-Cargo Service to Cuba

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) approved FedEx’s uncontested application to become the first all-cargo airline to provide scheduled flights to Cuba. FedEx has thus far been the only all-cargo carrier to seek scheduled authority to Cuba. Beginning January 15, 2017, the company will commence once-daily Monday through Friday service between Miami, Florida and Matanzas, … Read more

Cuba’s History in 500 Words

Cuba’s History in 500 Words

Cuba’s original inhabitants were an Arawak people called Taino who became extinct following settlements by Spanish colonists. From its discovery by Columbus in 1492 until the Spanish-American War in 1898, Cuba was a Spanish colony. In the 19th century, the country became a major sugar producer, with slaves from Africa arriving in increasing numbers to … Read more

This Company Sees Cuba as an Emerging Film & Broadcasting Powerhouse

This Company Sees Cuba as an Emerging Film & Broadcasting Powerhouse

CIN Becomes First U.S. Firm to Provide Film & Broadcast Services in #Cuba https://t.co/i9GLB4DlWr pic.twitter.com/JYAvJbj3Vd — Cuba Journal (@CubaJournal) August 2, 2016 It’s no secret that the US film and television industry has discovered Cuba. Among the images of antique American cars is a steady and growing stream of on-location film and broadcast events flocking … Read more