Daily Briefings

Daily Briefing – May 1, 2018

U.S. Media Still Gets it Wrong on Cuba Travel: Individual travel to Cuba is still permitted, notes The Travel Market Report, despite inaccurate stories in the media that only group travel is permitted. Partly to blame is the ambiguous language in public documents about the Administration’s new rules. The reality is that individual trips can […]

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Daily Briefing – April 30, 2018

ECLAC To Hold 37th Session in Havana: The United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is holding its biennial meeting in Cuba next week, from May 7 to 11. The official opening ceremony on May 8 will be headed by the executive director of ECLAC, Alicia Barcena, and Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray. ECLAC […]

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Daily Briefing – April 27, 2018

Mineral Exploration Contract Signed: The Cuban state enterprise GeoMinera S.A. has signed a mineral exploration contract with Canadian firm Millbrook Minerals Inc., reports Cuban media. The contract calls for the exploration of 318 square kilometers in the provinces of Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, and Ciego de Ávila. The goal is to locate deposits of copper, zinc and […]

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Daily Briefing – April 26, 2018

U.S. Visitors to Cuba down, Russian Visitors Up: Cuban tourism officials report that the number of U.S. travelers to Cuba dropped by almost half in the first quarter of 2018. Michel Bernal, the commercial director of the Cuba Tourism Ministry, said that President Trump’s tightening of travel restrictions, combined with Hurricane Irma, were to blame. Those […]

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Daily Briefing – April 25, 2018

Cuba Set to Attract 5 Million Tourists in 2018: Michel Bernal, commercial director of the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR), said yesterday that Cuba would reach a record level of 5 million tourists this year, despite setbacks in the first quarter. Bernal reported that tourism was down 7 percent in the first three months of the year, […]

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Daily Briefing – April 24, 2018

President of Bolivia to Visit Cuba: Evo Morales Ayma, the President of Bolivia, is expected to be the second head of state to visit Cuba after the election of Miguel Diaz-Canel as the country’s new president, reports Cuban media. Last week President Madura visited Cuba to meet with Diaz-Canel, following the inauguration of the new Cuban […]

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Daily Briefing – April 23, 2018

Cuban’s New President Meets with Maduro: Reaffirming the alliance between Cuba and Venezuela, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro became the first foreign leader to meet with Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba’s new president. Diaz-Canel was sworn in as president Thursday. Maduro flew to Havana the following day to congratulate Diaz-Canel, meeting with him formally on Saturday. The two […]

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Daily Briefing – April 20, 2018

Cuba’s New President Vows to Defend the Revolution: Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba’s new president, began his term as the nation’s leader by promising to both defend the Revolution that triumphed in 1959 and to modernize the stalled Cuban economy. Díaz-Canel was elected in a near unanimous vote Wednesday by Cuba’s National Assembly. Yesterday he addressed the […]

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Daily Briefing – April 18, 2018

Cuba’s National Assembly Opens Session Today for New President: Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power is meeting today to begin the process of selecting a new president to replace Raúl Castro. The transition is a historic benchmark for Cuba, which has been ruled by the Castro family since the 1959 Revolution – Fidel Castro until 2006, […]

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