Monthly Archives: December 2016

Cuba reports record tourism for 2016

0000891704HAVANA,Dec. 31  (AFP) – Cuba welcomed a record four million tourists in 2016, up 13 per cent over last year, with much of the increase thanks to a crush of visitors from the US and Europe, officials said on Saturday (Dec 31).

Havana’s Ministry of Tourism said in a statement published in the Continue reading

Cubans surf the web at home in Havana pilot project

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Retired teacher Margarita Marquez, 67, uses the Internet after it was recently installed at her home in old Havana, December 29, 2016.

HAVANA, Dec.30th  (Reuters)  Downtown Havana resident Margarita Marquez says she received a special Christmas gift this year: web access at home, a rarity in a country with one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world. Continue reading

WHY CUBA’S MUSLIM POPULATION IS GROWING

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Juan Enriquez, 70, became known by his Muslim name, Yahya, after he converted to Islam in 2007. Here, he calls to Friday’s prayer in the mosque of Camagüey, which was built inside a private home to avoid problems with the Cuban authorities.

HAVANA, Dec. 27 The first time a pope ever set foot in Cuba was in 1998, when John Paul II traveled to the Communist state.

The visit was the result of a thaw between the Vatican and Cuba’s president, Fidel Castro, who banned religion in Continue reading

Growing Air Links Favor Tourism in Cuba

multiple-exposure-airplane-take-off-hannover-airport-ho-yeol-ryuHAVANA, Dec 25 (PL) With the increase in the Cuban tourist industry, this month comes with news of inaugural flights from different parts of the world to this island.

Such links encourage the increase of the arrival of travelers, given Cuba’s island status and the need of connection by air. Continue reading

In Cuba Everybody Wants My Money

cuba-peso_cubano-peso_convertible-cup-cuc_7HAVANA, Dec. 23 (HAVANA TIMES) In my household, nobody could believe what journalist Boris Fuentes was telling us on the “Cuba Says” segment of the National News on Cuban TV one night at the end of November. Continue reading

Eurowings takes off for Havana

havana-live-eurowingsHAVANA, Dec. 19 Eurowings has begun flying to a new destination, the Cuban capital of Havana.

An Airbus A330 of the quality low-cost carrier from the Lufthansa Group took off earlier on its inaugural flight from Cologne/Bonn to the Caribbean metropolis.

Along with Varadero, the airline’s first Continue reading

Guerlain opens store in Havana

casa-guerlain5HAVANA, Dec 16 (PL) French perfume house, Guerlain, has reopened today in Havana in the same street where it first opened in 1917, after a deal between Cuban tourism company Habaguanex and Saint Remy Trading S.A., from France.

Located at 157 Paseo del Prado or Marti St. Continue reading

AIR FORCE ONE IN CUBA,ONE OF THE 10 BEST PHOTOS OF 2016

Air Force One carrying U.S. President Barack Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana, Cuba as it approaches the runway to land at Havana's international airport, on March 20, 2016.

Air Force One carrying U.S. President Barack Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana, Cuba as it approaches the runway to land at Havana’s international airport, on March 20, 2016.

HAVANA, Dec. 15 BY ALBERTO REYES We were a team of photographers getting ready to cover the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama to Havana and we were planning how to illustrate his arrival before setting foot on Cuban soil. Continue reading