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Three Million Tourists Arrive in Cuba in Less than 7 months

This Tuesday, July 25, Cuba reached the three million tourist mark, 75 days faster than last year A press release from the Cuban Ministry of Tourism reports that on this Tuesday, July 25, Cuba reached the three million tourist mark, … Continue reading

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Amid Trump’s Grim Cuba Talk, Havana Maestros Offer Brighter Vision

On a recent Friday evening in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, less than two miles from Trump Tower, a Cuban band known as the Havana Maestros took the stage at trendy NeueHouse Madison Square to deliver a live performance in celebration of … Continue reading

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PBS to air special program on U.S. – Cuba relations

MIAMI – As a result of the merger of WPBT2 and WXEL, which formed South Florida PBS, both public stations have been able to offer more viewing choices and localized programming which serves the needs and interests of the South … Continue reading

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Cuban Jewish Leaders Pen Open Letter In Support of U.S.-Cuba Relations

MIAMI — Leaders of the Jewish community in Cuba have sent an open letter today to their “brothers and sisters” in the U.S. expressing concern that reversing policy towards the island could have an impact on religious institutions, which have … Continue reading

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Are Trump’s Cuba Travel Restrictions Bad For Business?

Carmen Santamarina, an American-born Cuban, runs People2People Tours, a boutique tourism agency in Cuba. I recently spent some time with her talking about how American tourism was good for business in Cuba. Because this interview was conducted before President Trump … Continue reading

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Time to end agricultural trade restrictions with Cuba

It has been nearly 17 years since Congress passed a law involving Cuba. The last time was in 2000 when the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act allowed food products to be sold to Cuba on a cash only … Continue reading

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Cuba is the next big cross-border for global capitals

Real estate and construction industry leaders convene in Havana to discuss the new opportunities in the region. We led a three-day study tour to Havana, Cuba, gathering more than 30 global executives to trigger, gather and share insights into the … Continue reading

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Cuban Chamber of Commerce willing to continue working with U.S. companies

The entity expressed its support for the declaration issues by the Cuban government following Washington’s announcement of a change in policy toward the island The Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba expressed its “permanent willingness to continue working … Continue reading

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Some Iowans worried about Trump’s new Cuba restrictions

Ag official: ‘It’s headed in the wrong direction’ CEDAR RAPIDS — Since President Donald Trump signed a directive last month outlining his plans to tighten travel and spending restrictions on Cuba, some Iowans say they’re disappointed with his administration’s decision. … Continue reading

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The one classical album that almost caused Cuban musician Roberto Fonseca to quit playing the piano

Pianist and bandleader Roberto Fonseca has been nominated for Latin Grammys in the Best Jazz Album and Best Tropical Album categories. Though he said, “I don’t want people to call me just a jazz musician or a traditional Cuban musician,” … Continue reading

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