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 […]

Cuba: overcoming the inertia of the tired

By David Jessop Just over a week ago, Cuba’s President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, said that starting this month all state employed workers will receive the first of what will likely be several salary increases. His widely reported announcement responded to shared concern among Cubans that their salaries have become inadequate in relation to the cost of […]

Activists lash out at Canada for ‘aggression towards Cuba and Venezuela’

Activists lash out at Canada for ‘aggression towards Cuba and Venezuela’

By Lincoln DePradine Canada has been criticized for its role, along with the United States, in what activists call aggression towards Cuba and Venezuela. The efforts of Canada, the United States and other western nations are designed “to cause as much destruction as they can in Venezuela’’ and to choke Cuba, according Dr Isaac Saney, […]

Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski to debut in Cuba this year

Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski to debut in Cuba this year

Kempinski Hotels and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota have signed a management contract for Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski, the first five-star luxury resort complex in Cuba. Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is currently under construction and is scheduled to open later this year. “After having successfully introduced our city hotel, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana almost […]

CARICOM calls for end to US embargo against Cuba

CARICOM calls for end to US embargo against Cuba

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), ,  has called on the United States to lift the “unwarranted economic embargo and sanctions” against Cuba. Addressing the 22nd meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) on Monday,  LaRocque said that next month, the 15-member grouping will host the Sixth […]

Cuban LGBT activists defy government, hold unprecedented pride parade

Cuban LGBT activists defy government, hold unprecedented pride parade

HAVANA – Cuban gay rights activists held an unauthorized independent pride parade in Havana on Saturday despite the Communist government warning against it and calling it subversive, an unprecedented show of civil society in the one-party state. More than a hundred Cubans chanting “long live a diverse Cuba” and carrying rainbow flags joyfully marched nearly […]

Cuban president calls for strengthened defences, economy in response to Trump threats

Cuban president calls for strengthened defences, economy in response to Trump threats

HAVANA – Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel accused the Trump administration on Saturday of dragging relations with the United States to their worst level in decades and called on Cubans to strengthen the Communist-run country’s defences and economy. Diaz-Canel, in a speech closing the National Assembly, said the United States is engaging in an “asphyxiating financial […]

Cuba begins public debate on modernizing constitution

Cuba begins public debate on modernizing constitution

HAVANA – Cuba began a rare public discussion on Monday  to overhaul its Cold War-era constitution, a process the government is calling participatory democracy at its best and opponents are branding a fraud. Cuba’s National Assembly approved a draft of changes to the 1976 constitution last month, including amendments that would pave the way for […]

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