Published on : Thursday, February 20, 2014
Approximately 50 Travel Leaders agency members will journey to Havana and beyond for a highly exclusive Globus Cuba Experience, scheduled for February 22-26. The extraordinary people-to-people educational exchange will enable Travel Leaders to experience the groundbreaking Globus program that has been sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Globus Cuba Experience will commence at the conclusion of Travel Leaders’ regularly scheduled Leaders Meeting for its agencies that enjoy annual sales volume of $20 million or more; only those top agencies were eligible for the educational exchange. Travel Leaders Franchise Group President Roger E. Block, CTC, will lead the delegation to Cuba.
“As an increasing number of our clients are expressing interest in traveling to Cuba, we want to ensure that our agent owners thoroughly understand the options they can legally offer,” explained Block. “We are very proud to partner with Globus in providing our leading Travel Leaders with this rare opportunity to experience Cuba as few others have. Through this enriching educational exchange, we hope to foster a greater awareness among our agents for what their clients could potentially expect when visiting Havana and other Cuban destinations that are already popular with visitors from abroad.”
Highlights of Travel Leaders’ Globus Cuba Experience are scheduled to include
Saturday, February 22, 2014 – Miami–Havana–Varadero
Travel Leaders’ Globus Group Leader will brief participants prior to departing for Miami’s airport. After a short flight to Havana, Travel Leaders will be met by their Cuban National Tour Director. Participants will continue through Cuba’s countryside and arrive at their Varadero hotel for a welcome dinner with music
Sunday, February 23, 2014 – Varadero. Excursion to Matanzas & Cardenas
Travel Leaders will start their day by meeting members of the Danzon Club to learn about Cuba’s national dance and enjoy an interactive dance lesson. Then they’ll travel on to Matanzas, known as the “Athens of Cuba” for the many renowned artists and intellectuals it has produced. They will visit the Triolet Pharmacy, which dates back to 1879 and is preserved in its entirety.
Following lunch, Travel Leaders will interact with the workers at Ediciones Vigía, a print and binding shop, where they’ll learn about a traditional craft that is still done by hand. They’ll continue to the historic town of Cardenas, where the Cuban national flag waved for the first time on May 19, 1850. They’ll next visit an artist’s gallery to interact with the artists and musicians. That evening, they’ll enjoy a banquet dinner at Casa du Pont, built in 1926 by American millionaire Irénée du Pont.
February 24, 2014 – Varadero to Havana
Travel Leaders are scheduled to travel through the heart of Cuba’s agricultural and sugar cane-growing industry to Havana, where they’ll explore Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From graceful 16th-century castles to modern high-rises, Havana is acclaimed as one of the world’s most visually diverse cities. They’ll participate in a discussion with a local architect on topics including Havana’s unique architecture, the challenges of renovating the city’s exquisite historic buildings, and the future of these restorations.
Travel Leaders will start their evening with a discussion and choir performance at Casa de la Amistad, then cap their day with dinner at the illustrious Hotel Nacional de Cuba – a landmark hotel long identified as a symbol of history, culture, and Cuban identity.
February 25, 2014 – Havana
Travel Leaders will meet with a former Cuban baseball player and join in a discussion regarding the history and the love of this favorite pastime in Cuba and in the U.S. This will be followed by an examination of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, whose 30 years in Cuba provides an enduring legacy.
During lunch at a local organic farm, Travel Leaders will join a discussion with the owners and learn about organic urban farming in Cuba. Then they’ll return back to Havana and Callejón de Hamel, a neighborhood known as “Salvador’s Alley” showcasing eclectic artwork, vibrant street music, Santeria shrines, and colorful murals by local artist Salvador Gonzales. They’ll discuss how the artist gives back to the community and the beliefs of the Santeria religion.
Prior to dinner, Travel Leaders will meet members of the local Old Styler Car Club and hear why Havana’s streets are filled with vintage American automobiles, as well as how these cars are obtained and what it takes to keep them running. Travel Leaders will then ride in an Old Styler car to their farewell dinner at Café del Oriente, considered one of the city’s finest restaurants.
“Travel Leaders’ Globus Cuba Experience underscores our ongoing commitment in further expanding our award-winning Luxury Center of Excellence, as well as our strong partnership with Globus,” Block noted. “Since this center of excellence bridges ultra-luxury options to those that are highly experiential, it is essential that we work in concert with leading suppliers like Globus to deliver products for our most discerning and adventurous clients.”