Daily Briefing – July 12, 2018

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Now is the Best Time to Visit Cuba, Says Bloomberg: Misinformation combined with Hurricane Irma have thinned the ranks of Americans visiting Cuba, all the more reason that now is the best time to go, says a Bloomberg report on luxury travel to Cuba. Fewer crowds, improved infrastructure, and new tourism offerings have improved the travel experience in Cuba, says the report. Cruising, group travel, and individual ‘support for the Cuban people’ trips remain legal. The only snafu is avoiding the 100 or so hotels banned because they have ownership connected to the Cuban military. (Bloomberg)

Investments Growing in Tourism Infrastructure: Tourism remains the top target for foreign investment, reports the Cuban press, with 3,700 new hotel rooms coming online last year. Another 4,600 hotel rooms are scheduled for completion this year, said Jose Daniel Alonso, director for development at the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR). There are now more than 69,000 rooms in 300 hotels in Cuba, with another 23,000 rooms for rent in private homes. Six new hotels are scheduled to open this year in Santiago, in an effort to expand tourism outside of Havana. (Prensa Latina)

CDC Called in to Join Investigation of ‘Sonic Attacks”: Frustrated members of Congress yesterday enjoined the Centers for Disease Control to join the investigation into the mysterious illness that has affected more than two dozen Americans and U.S. diplomatic personnel in Cuba and China. Whereas the Chinese government warned the U.S. not to politicize the incidents, the Trump administration has done just that in Havana, holding the Cuban government responsible, virtually closing the U.S. embassy there and throwing out two thirds of Cuba’s diplomats in Washington, DC. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) yesterday insisted the CDC be brought in to solve the mystery. (Sacramento Bee)

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