Havana celebrates 500th anniversary facing dire challenges

Havana celebrates 500th anniversary facing dire challenges

HAVANA, Cuba — Havana has been ruled by Spanish colonial governors, American-backed strongmen and communist revolutionaries. It’s an architectural jewel box where buildings collapse from lack of maintenance. It’s a coastal capital facing a sea nearly devoid of boats, thanks to U.S. sanctions and Cuban prohibitions. Its leaders denounce global capitalism as they build new […]

As Cuba seeks hard currency, “dollar” stores reopen after 15 years

As Cuba seeks hard currency, “dollar” stores reopen after 15 years

HAVANA – Cubans flocked to a dozen shops that opened in Havana last Monday selling home appliances and spare parts for cars in dollars, as the cash-strapped government struggles to rake in tradable currency to purchase imports and pay its debts. Washing machines, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, TVs, electric motorcycles, car batteries, tires and other […]

Cuban-Jamaicans offer hope to Jamaica

Cuban-Jamaicans offer hope to Jamaica

Jamaica’s Ambassador to Cuba Kathryn Phipps is urging local entities to look to the Spanish-speaking country for specialists and consultants. Scores of Cubans with Jamaican heritage have applied for their Jamaican citizenship and could provide a pool of highly-trained personnel to provide temporary solutions to several shortages in the island’s labour force. While a shortage […]

Kempinski to open third hotel in Cuba

Kempinski to open third hotel in Cuba

Kempinski Hotels will extend its presence in Cuba with the Gran Hotel Bristol, slated to open by the end of 2019. The hotel will mark its second property in Havana and its third property in Cuba. The new Havana property is located one block from the Capitolio and two blocks from the Gran Hotel Manzana […]

Cuba’s foreign minister says warmer relations with U.S. are ‘irreversible’

Cuba’s foreign minister says warmer relations with U.S. are ‘irreversible’

Cuba’s foreign minister said last Tuesday that he believes improvements in relations with the United States are irreversible despite the Trump administration’s hardening of the embargo on the island. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla said that while the U.S. administration has cut off most communication with Cuba and is trying to pressure the communist government […]

Caribbean Air to start Kingston-Havana direct flights

Caribbean Air to start Kingston-Havana direct flights

Caribbean Airlines has announced the start of twice-weekly non-stop service between Kingston and Havana, Cuba, starting November 6. This new flight will operate on Wednesdays and Fridays, using a Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, with a seating capacity of 150, adding 300 seats per week to both markets. Commenting on the new route, Garvin Medera, Caribbean […]

Asia’s largest hotel group expands portfolio in Cuba

Asia’s largest hotel group expands portfolio in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba — Archipelago International, Southeast Asia’s largest independent hotel group, has announced the signing of a management contract with Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A, for the five-star Star Grand Aston Cayo Las Brujas Beach Resort & Spa in Cuba. The signing ceremony took place recently in Havana, Cuba. Grand Aston Cayo Las Brujas Beach […]

Canada reinstates some visa services in Cuba

Canada reinstates some visa services in Cuba

  HAVANA, Cuba, – Canada restored some visa services at its Embassy in Havana from August 1, 2019, including visa and biometric services, fingerprints and photos needed for applications done at the embassy, as well as drop off and pick up passports/visas. This new announcement does not restore the full list of restricted services, but […]

China, Russia to upgrade Cuba’s Railway

China, Russia to upgrade Cuba’s Railway

HAVANA – Cuba’s first new passenger train cars after set off on their maiden journey across the island last Saturday in what the government hopes will prove a total revamp of its decrepit railway system with help from allies Russia and China. Cuba’s railway system is one of the oldest in the world; its first […]

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