In Cuba, A Spa Is Born

In Cuba, A Spa Is Born

The détente between Cuba and the U.S. is less than two years old, and the impact for Cuba’s tourism industry has already been big. In January of this year, U.S. travelers to Cuba totaled 43,200, a 125% increase compared to the same month in 2016, according to Cuba government statistics. From January to June 2016, … Read more

Cuba’s Novelty Is Outside the Cruise Industry’s Focus on Scale and Contained Environments

Cuba’s Novelty Is Outside the Cruise Industry’s Focus on Scale and Contained Environments

Royal Caribbean’s 6,000-passenger Harmony of the Seas’ onboard attractions include a mock Central Park with live plants and trees, drinks prepared by robots, a 1 1/2-hour production of the musical “Grease,” – plus a 10-story thrill slide. A lot has changed since the 961-foot, 2,200-passenger Queen Elizabeth sailed in the late 1960s.  Boat size inflation, driven by … Read more

Cuba Tops Best Caribbean Islands Ranking in 2017

Cuba Tops Best Caribbean Islands Ranking in 2017

Business Insider publishes an annual ranking of the best Caribbean Islands. This year, Cuba ranks #1. Business Insider Distance from NYC: 3 hours and 35 minutes Average hotel room cost: $124 per night Cuba’s unique architecture, ’50s-era Chevy taxicabs, and sandy beaches have been just out of reach for American tourists until recently. Years of US embargo have … Read more

New Kempinski Is Expected To Relieve Havana’s Luxury Hotel Occupancy Problem

New Kempinski Is Expected To Relieve Havana’s Luxury Hotel Occupancy Problem

A new hotel in Old Havana will be operated by Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. When construction is complete later this year, the Gran Hotel Kempinski Manzana La Habana will be Cuba’s first five-star hotel (on the European rating system). The hotel will occupy the historic Manzana de Gómez building. The grand structure, dating to 1890, … Read more

Here’s the U.S. Approved List of Goods Eligible to Import from Cuba Today

Here’s the U.S. Approved List of Goods Eligible to Import from Cuba Today

The U.S. embargo against Cuba remains in place – it can only be removed by U.S. Congress – yet former President Obama used executive authority to modify certain aspect of the embargo including importation rules for goods produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs. Goods and Services Eligible for Importation from Cuba In accordance with the policy … Read more

Cuba’s Cubay Rum Brand Seeks Joint Venture Partner

Cuba’s Cubay Rum Brand Seeks Joint Venture Partner

Every year Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment prepares a tome of investment opportunities available to foreign investors. The recently published 2016 Portfolio of Opportunities for Foreign Investment offers insights into the priorities and limitations for foreign investment from Cuba’s point of view. The document identifies Cuba’s Cubay rum brand as a potential partner … Read more

Exporting to Cuba in 2017

Exporting to Cuba in 2017

Cuba’s economic transition is creating a lot of interest from suppliers and exporters eager to capitalize on a recently opened society. The island nation’s large modernization needs in infrastructure, stagnating investment rates, low agricultural output, a lack of internal supply in consumer segments and a booming tourism industry create a wide variety of export opportunities … Read more