Could Cuba Ever Revive Its Casino Industry?

While attending the Caribbean Hotel Conference and Operations Summit (“CHICOS”), Cuba was noted as “unlike anywhere else in the Caribbean” by many panelists discussing the culture of the Country. While there are a number of outstanding issues that currently stand between the United States and Cuba such as the billions in outstanding claims against Cuba … Read more

New U.S. Poll Highlights Millennials’ Interest in Traveling to Cuba

New U.S. Poll Highlights Millennials’ Interest in Traveling to Cuba

Cuba, the formerly off-limits land of vintage cars, beautiful beaches, cigars, mojitos, and Ernest Hemingway, will be opening for American tourism for the first time since the 1960s. A Switchfly Travel Trend Report: How Interested Are U.S. Travelers in Visiting Cuba offers an overview of those Americans who are most curious about visiting Cuba – … Read more

Cuban Music History, Part 3

Cuban Music History, Part 3

This is part three of a series on Cuban music. Part one can be found here. Click here for part two. It was recently announced that Sony Music International struck a deal with EGREM (Empresa de Grabaciones y Ediciones Musicales) to release decades of state-owned Cuban recordings. It’s the largest catalog of its kind, dating … Read more

Cuban Music History, Part 1

Cuban Music History, Part 1

The streets of Havana breathe music…drum beats and guitar strums, the very rhythm of the city – and the country’s day-to-day life. And for good reason: its cultural significance is a historical one. Cuba is often credited with having the greatest influence on the Latin Music we know and listen to today. But where did … Read more

Salsa: A Brief History

Salsa: A Brief History

by Eileen Torres Salsa is a tropical music whose roots are in Africa. The enslaved people from Africa brought their drumming traditions to their new locations. That particular tradition was prohibited, in the United States. We were afraid the drums would communicate plans to revolt, escape. Cuba however did not impose those restrictions. The African rhythms … Read more