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“I’m counting on you,” Gomez tells agents at Autentica Cuba event

At last night’s Autentica Cuba event, new director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto, Lessner Gomez, said Cuba is “ready for the 2019-2020 winter season”, and thanked the trade for all of its support.
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Washington banning U.S. flights to all Cuban cities except Havana

The Trump administration is banning U.S. flights to all Cuban cities except Havana in the latest move to roll back the Obama-era easing of relations, officials said Friday. Supporters of the ban said it would starve the Havana government of cash and limit its ability to repress Cubans and support
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“You can count on us”: Cuba specialist Hola Sun has perks for agents & clients this winter

Hola Sun’s series of winter 2019/2020 product launches has wrapped up after strong showings in Barrie, Toronto and Ajax.
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Lessner Gomez named Director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto

The Cuba Tourism Board has named Lessner Gomez the new Director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto.
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“We are not going to turn our backs on Canadians”: Marrero

Despite some consumer media reports to the contrary, Cuba’s resorts are fully operational and ready to welcome Canadian vacationers this winter, says Cuba’s Tourism Minister, Manuel Marrero.
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Kempinski to open third hotel in Cuba, coming in late 2019

Kempinski Hotels has further expanded its presence in Cuba with the signing of its third hotel on the island.
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Hola Sun makes Cuba a priority in milestone anniversary year

With its beautiful beaches, vast array of value-added properties and easy access from Canada, Cuba has traditionally been an easy sell for travel agents. But there are ways to make the process even easier, and we have Hola Sun to thank.
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Transat launches Cubamania sale

Got Cuba-bound clients? Transat is offering up to $800 savings per couple to those booking all-inclusive Cuba packages for next fall or winter.
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Carnival lowers profit outlook, cites U.S. ban on Cuba cruises

Carnival earned $451 million in its fiscal second quarter, which ended May 31, down from $561 million a year earlier. The results, however, were better than analysts had expected.
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Scorpion hitches a ride to Canada in woman’s luggage then promptly gives birth

Remember the snake that hitched a ride to Hawaii? Well, maybe it got the idea from the scorpion that bummed a ride to B.C.
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Mexico’s Cozumel port proposes cruise ship passenger tax
The Mexican tourist resort of Cozumel is proposing its first tax on cruise ship passengers.
Mayor closes St. Mark’s Square as Venice flooding worsens
Exceptionally high tidal waters surged through Venice again on Friday, prompting the mayor to close St. Mark's Square...
Tropical Storm Raymond forms in Pacific off western Mexico
The U.S. National Hurricane Center reports that Raymond has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph).
Australia’s Qantas operates 19 1/2 hour London Sydney flight
Australia's Qantas operates 19 1/2 hour London Sydney flight
Australia's national carrier Qantas on Friday successfully completed a 19 1/2-hour, nonstop flight from London to...
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