Cuba & Costa Rica Blog
About this blog
Written by Cuba and Costa Rica expert Christopher P. Baker, this blog will update readers on life in these two diverse and exciting countries.
- Last blog post on Costa Rica and Cuba
- First-ever group motorcycle tours of Cuba successful
- Cuba’s Mariel port readying for Panama Canal expansion
- Musings on wildlife encounters on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula
- Cuba’s Steam Trains puffing their last gasp
- My top five thrilling activities in Costa Rica
- Cuba’s fun February festivals include Harleys, Books, Cigars
- Five top volcano viewing experiences in Costa Rica
- New road along Costa Rica / Nicaraguan border mired
- Cuba’s Hotel Campoamor at Cojímar to be restored?
- Cuban revolutionary Celia Sánchez honored in new book
- Christmas challenge for Costa Rica’s sexually abused girls
- Costa Rica opens Chinatown in downtown San José
- David Soul films Hemingway’s car restoration in Cuba
- National Geographic Expeditions receives license for Cuba tours
Travel industry leaders to discuss Cuba at the USA's largest travel trade convention
Travel agents, tour operators, and other travel industry professionals can learn about opportunities for travel to Cuba during this year's The Trade Show, the premier annual event of the US travel and tourism industry.
Sure, it's currently illegal for most U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba... but certain categories of travelers are allowed, and travel agents and tour operators can make arrangements.
I'll be presenting during the second annual Cuba destination seminar, titled "Cuba Breakthrough:
Opportunities for the US Travel Industry," on Sunday, September 13 (noon-1:30 p.m.), at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The other panelists/speakers reads are:
• Bob Whitley, President, US Tour Operators Association (moderator)
• Lisa Simon, President, National Tour Association
• Andrea Holbrook, President, Holbrook Travel, an OFAC registered Travel Service Provider (TSP) with several years experience in organizing educational and natural
• John McAuliff, Coordinator, Travel Industry Network on Cuba, will provide an update on action by the Obama Administration and pending legislation in Congress
“Last year we had to turn people away from this well-received session,” reports organizer John McAuliff, who will report on recent changes that eased travel restrictions, as well as current efforts in Washington to end the ban.