Jamaica temporarily bans use of personal watercraft

Jamaica has briefly prohibited using all personal boat —– such as Jet Ski, WaveRunner and Sea-Doo scooters —– while it carries out brand-new regulations for using the vehicles.

Jamaica is needing the registration of all individual watercraft and has extended a ban on importing them with Oct. 15. An initial six-month ban on importing personal watercraft for industrial functions took impact Oct. 15, 2013.

Jamaica has actually taken these steps following the January death of an American tourist who was struck by a personal watercraft while swimming in the sea off the beach in Negril. There were other accidents including personal boat in 2013.

Upon registration, operators will be provided with registration certifications and decals. The decals will be supplied in two color codes to differentiate in between personal and industrial crafts.

The ban on operating individual boat will be lifted in a certain resort location when it is determined that operators in the location are compliant with the new regulations, according to the Jamaican government.

Resort for a Day site revamps payment, bookings processes

Resort for a Day, a vendor of day passes to Caribbean resorts, has revamped its internet site to make it easier for travel representatives to track and make commissions.

To guarantee that merchants get credit for the passes they sell, a dedicated travel agent portal supplies every representative who signs up with a special URL.

Agents can either get the passes for clients or email the URL to clients and enable them to make the purchase, shared Sean Tolkin, director of team development at World Travel Holdings, which recently took an equity stake in Resort for a Day.

“& ldquo; As long as they re utilizing the agent s URL, the agent will get credit for that reservation, & rdquo; Tolkin shared

. Agents make a commission on each pass, which costs in between $60 and $179 depending on the quality of the resort and whether a space is consisted of.

The service is used by 21 resorts in nine nations or territories: the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Honduras, Mexico, Barbados, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and Tobago.

Most recently, World Travel Holdings added to the lineup by striking agreements with the Caribe Hilton and Hilton Condado Plaza in San Juan. 2 other current additions are the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau and the Grand Palladium in Jamaica, which is convenient to Montego Bay.

Tolkin shared that Resort for a Day was constructed on the relationships creator Stuart Cohen had formed throughout the Caribbean which by investing in it, World Travel Holdings was seeking to profit from those relationships.

“& ldquo; At numerous resorts, Resort for a Day has exclusive arrangements as the sole company of day passes,” & rdquo; Tolkin said. Although cruise lines can provide similar adventures, they are not offered under the Resort for a Day brand, Tolkin stated.

The redesign of the site to make it more practical is an initial step toward broadening Resort for a Day’s income, Tolkin included. In addition to establishing trackable URLs, the new website now displays live inventory.

“& ldquo; A traveler can not book a resort or a pass that could be offered out,” & rdquo; Tolkin claimed. & ldquo; Travel representatives and consumers can always see if a pass is offered for a given day.”

& rdquo; Another enhancement is the addition of videos to the website to enhance the pictures of resorts that take part in the program. The brand-new website will also immediately generate passes once they are booked, an upgrade from the previous system that used up to 24 hours.

Tolkin decreased to share exactly how many passes were sold last year or exactly how numerous incremental sales he anticipated the website enhancement to create. “& ldquo; We are growing year over year,” & rdquo; he claimed

. World Travel Holdings, which has its corporate office in Wilmington, Mass., and an executive office in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., has a stable of 35 travel businesses that includes CruiseOne/Cruises Inc. and Cruises Only along with non-cruise brands and private-label collaborations.

Tolkin stressed that its brand names would get no unique gain access to or advantages with its equity stake.

“& ldquo; Resort for a Day deals with all travel representatives and all customers,” & rdquo; he shared. & ldquo; We wish to be the go-to coast adventure supplier for anybody aiming to buy a Resort for a Day pass while on a cruise.”

& rdquo; If the company is to grow, Tolkin claimed, there should be enhanced recognition of its advantages.“& ldquo; We are planning to increase our awareness to customers, but much more notably, to considerably grow our travel representative base,” & rdquo; he claimed. Tolkin said it would take about 5 minutes for signed up representatives to sell Resort for a Day, and upon registration, representatives will get welcome kits that include their customized URL.

World Travel Holdings likewise is seeking to encourage more resorts to participate. “& ldquo; We re planning to add item where the ships are going, and we’re planning to add product that the customers desire,” & rdquo; he claimed.
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Ritz-Carlton to offer kosher catering at U.S., Caribbean hotels

The BeachHouse at the Ritz-Carlton Naples in FloridaRitz-Carlton will begin offering authentic kosher catering at 9 of its U.S. properties and at 2 Caribbean hotels and resorts, marking what could be the broadest-scale expansion yet of that service among a single domestic hotel brand.

Marriott International’s luxury brand name is offering kosher catering at a half-dozen Florida homes along with two in Atlanta, hotels and resorts in the Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico and at New York’s Ritz-Carlton Battery Park. Ritz-Carlton has actually brought on Brooklyn-based specialist MD Destinations to supervise the effort, which includes guaranteeing that catering menus, food sourcing and kitchen preparation meet kosher requirements.

“We did see an enhancing demand in demands for this kind of service,” stated Patricia Murphy, director of catering at Florida’s Ritz-Carlton Naples. “We’re constantly seeming on the cutting edge, and we truly think this is something we can provide uniquely.”

The hotelier is responding to steadily growing need from customers planning to eat solely kosher. Brandeis University’s Steinhardt Social Study Institute in 2012 approximated the U.S. Jewish population at about 6.8 million people. While the number of American Jews who keep kosher isn’t really commonly tracked, a Bench Research research from last year suggested that about 28 % of American Jews pegged themselves as either conservative or orthodox, indicating that about 2 million American Jews are of the more passionate variety and are most likely to keep kosher.

Panzanella saladAnd according to Lubicom Marketing Consulting, as numerous as an added 5 million Americans eat kosher either to stick to other faiths such as Islam or for health reasons. That business pegged overall annual kosher food sales at about $12.5 billion, while other experts estimate that kosher food sales are growing at about 15 % a year.

The offering of genuine kosher catering at hotels is nothing new, especially through luxury or upper-upscale hotels. Fairmont Hotels has been at the center, with Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza having actually provided the service because its 1912 opening and Fairmont Dallas having done the same for more than 20 years. The Fairmont Dallas hosts about one kosher event per month, while the Fairmont Copley Plaza deals with 3 to five events a year.

Hilton Worldwide’s Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix has offered kosher catering, complete with on-site rabbinical guidance, for more than 15 years and serves about a half-dozen kosher occasions a year. And Luxe Hotels’ three Los Angeles-area properties collectively host about 60 kosher occasions yearly, while the Grand Hyatt Denver also provides the service.

Still, the Ritz-Carlton effort is significant since the 9 U.S. hotels and resorts included account for virtually a quarter of its 39 U.S. homes.

Either way, the procedure of “kosherizing” a catering center is relatively comprehensive. In addition to the better-known kosher dietary laws such as no pork items or the separation of meat and milk, all food must be sourced from vendors who follow kosher practices.

Additionally, there’s the on-site preparation. This means keeping different plate ware that can only be utilized for kosher events. It also involves cleaning of both kitchen area appliances such as ovens, surface areas, dishwashers and flatware at the greatest possible temperatures in order to “purge” all nonkosher flavors, according to MD Destinations Managing Director Moshe David.

Still, both David and Murphy tension that the service is more about providing the standards Ritz-Carlton visitors are accustomed to and less about how that’s done.

“The kosherization process is absolutely nothing other than physics,” David claimed. “The whole design’s premise is serving a Ritz-Carlton guest searching for a Ritz-Carlton experience that so takes place to be held to the greatest standards of kosher accreditation.”

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Sonesta resort in St. Maarten introduces butler service

A suite in the Miramar Wing at the Sonesta Great Bay.Sonesta Great Bay Coastline Resort, Gambling establishment & & Health club in St. Maarten introduced butler service in its 16 one- and two-bedroom suites in the resort’s Miramar Wing.

Visitors are provided with a cell phone to relay demands directly to their butlers, who will manage packing and unpacking, laundry services, supper reservations, reservation of visits, day spa therapies and unique requests such as suppers en suite or on the beach.

The suites feature living and dining locations, balcony or terrace and an open kitchen area.

The 257-room resort near Philipsburg completed a comprehensive, resort-wide remodelling last fall and reopened Oct. 31 as a complete, adults-only home.

WiFi now is complimentary in all rooms and public areas.

Facilities include the Golden Casino, three pools, the Calmness Day spa, a dive center, four restaurants and bars and exchange benefits at a sis resort, the extensive Sonesta Maho Coastline Resort & & Casino in Maho Bay.

The resort is providing a special butler advertising with March 31 for travel with June 30. Rates in the butler suites start at $278 per individual, per night.

Representatives have to make use of promotion code “butler” when booking.

Eastern-influenced idyll at Amanyara resort

Amanyara villaIt makes sense that Amanyara, a resort that sets itself apart from the crowd, is actually set far apart from the Turks and Caicos crowd.

Turks is kept in mind for Grace Bay Beach, a ribbon of white sand that stretches 12 miles along its primary island, Providenciales, and is lined with lots of resorts and villas.

Amanyara, an Aman Resorts home, is found about a half-hour from the major traveler strip, at the top of a rocky bluff on the very northwest point of the island, at the end of a rough dirt roadway.

As practically all guests do, I found Amanyara in among the resort’s fleet of white Land Rovers. The reception location is part of an open-air, Asian-style wood structure that opens onto a serene showing pool localed by a library, the primary dining establishment and a round bar with a soaring ceiling lined with specific sitting nooks that face the sea. Beyond that is the resort’s 164-foot infinity pool and sun deck neglecting the coast.

Guests at Amanyara do not remain in spaces or suites however in structures and vacation homes. I remained in an entry-level structure, located on the edge of a pond surrounded by mangroves. All pavilions have an incorporated bed room and living-room, and a large bathroom location with a complete, free-standing tub, 2 vanities and a rainfall shower. The mix of wood and stone is modern-day, clean and serene.

Every vacation home at Amanyara is private; it is practically difficult to see or hear other visitor. As well as though my villa did not offer an ocean view, I still awoke to the sound of waves crashing on a coastline nearby.

The push of a button raised the blinds on the pavilion’s 3 glass walls of windows. Morning sun spilled onto a small balcony jutting off the front of the vacation home over the pond, a perfect area to perch with a Nespresso coffee, a fresh orange and a book.

The restaurant at AmanyaraI invested my three days at Amanyara using its complimentary bikes to get around the resort, from the main restaurant and swimming pool area, to its coastline, the health facility and the tennis courts and gym. If guests choose, they can call for a pickup in a golf cart, which never ever suggested more than a couple of minutes’ wait.

Biking around the resort, I never ever totally comprehended the resort’s design of winding courses, which seems by design. It had not been tough to find anything, however the actively unmarked courses right here give Amanyara a mysterious feel.

The mix of personal privacy and exclusivity makes Amanyara a favorite for celebs. The personnel is mum, but locals state that Roger Federer, Beyonce and Jay-Z have actually all been guests there, adding that no one ever sees them since the resort is so personal. That is except for Prince, who notoriously shocked visitors with a poolside New Year’s Eve show in 2011.

The best location to see other visitors is at the resort’s restaurants. Both dining establishments provide fantastic settings and fresh, cutting-edge food. The main dining establishment has indoor and outdoor tables, dealing with either the reflecting pool with its small islands of mahogany trees, or the sea. It offers a little Asian- and Mediterranean-inspired dinner menu and a more extensive breakfast menu with an interesting assortment of teas and coffees. The Coastline Club specializes in Wagyu beef dishes from a Robata grill, and local fish and shellfish dishes like South Caicos lobster, dished out just above the waves crashing on the rocky coast below.

The beach itself offers the very same turquoise water and white sand Turks is well-known for, however in a wild, undeveloped setting. It is rocky other than for an area where the personnel puts out chairs and umbrellas. Numerous of the vacation homes have personal paths that lead right onto the sand. Amanyara provides a complimentary snorkeling journey every day to a website just a short swim away.

A yoga instructor at AmanyaraWhether remaining at Amanyara or not, its spa is worth a see. The therapy rooms are constructed around a showing pond out of the very same woodwork and stone found in the spaces. The huge rooms have washrooms in the back for changing and outdoor showers. The health spa’s Asian style surpasses its appearance: Amanyara utilizes Oriental masseuses and yoga instructors who offer Asian methods. A platform over the pond with an ocean breeze is a relaxing and invigorating location to do yoga.

A wonderful thing about Amanyara and all Aman resorts is never needing to sign for anything and even claim what structure or vacation home you are remaining in. The personnel somehow understands who you are from the first day. Guests can stand up and leave dishes, drinks and day spa treatments without thinking of ideas, which are included in the final bill.

There are 36 one-bedroom pavilions, two two-bedroom pool pavilion suites and 20 3-, four- and five-bedroom vacation homes. Rates begin at $1,700 in high-season and are inclusive of airport transfers; water sports and snorkel trips; tennis lessons as well as use of tennis courts and devices; yoga classes; in-room minibar (other than spirits); afternoon tea in the bar; in-room WiFi; and all telephone calls.

Check out www.amanresorts.com.

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JetBlue launches Trinidad flight

JetBlue has actually launched a daily continuously in between New York and Port of Spain, Trinidad.

On May 1, the carrier will introduce daily service in between Fort Lauderdale and Port of Spain.

On the very same date, JetBlue will start nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, as well as an air travel from Newark to Santiago, D.R.

Survey reveals an insatiable appetite for Cuba

A recent study by Friendly World of clients who had actually seen Cuba under the tour operator’s people-to-people program disclosed that the huge bulk discovered the experience to have actually been transformative and wish to do it again.

Of the 423 respondents, 81.3 % claimed they would go back to Cuba if offered the chance.

Peggy Goldman“& ldquo; This is the greatest level of interest in taking another look at an area that I have ever seen for any of our tours,” & rdquo; claimed Friendly Planet President Peggy Goldman.

And she kept in mind that cravings for the product had actually reached severe levels “& ldquo; in spite of the reality that the people-to-people Cuba schedules are challenging in regards to accommodations and rigor of activity. The days are busy and choreographed, involvement in all activities is mandatory and some of the accommodations and centers are not up to the usual requirements.”

& rdquo; However the study also recommended that the lodgings and travel plans were low priorities among clients. Close to 75 % shared they had taken the trip merely due to the fact that they wondered about life in a country off restrictions to many Americans.

The study results highlight the program’s value in assisting Americans and Cubans exchange concepts, share cultural experiences and pick up from one another.

“& ldquo; Travelers on these programs are not going for luxury or comfort,” & rdquo; Goldman said. & ldquo; They are going to connect and immerse themselves in a completely different culture.”

& rdquo; The Obama administration reinstated the people-to-people classification of travel to Cuba in very early 2011, following an eight-year hiatus, enabling any American to go to Cuba legally if escorted by a licensed business.

Playing by strict policies

Friendly Earth got its license in September 2011 from the U.S. Treasury Division’s Workplace of Foreign Assets Control, the company that manages, administers and implements the programs’ standards. Among those standards is that the schedules comply totally with U.S. policies barring sun-and-sand tourist. Given that returning to the program in 2011, Goldman claimed, & ldquo; We ve taken even more than 3,000 tourists to Cuba. & hellip; We always did a fast study upon their go back to determine their comments on the trip. This time we went deeper, asking respondents to choose as lots of alternatives as put on

them in the survey s 10 multiple-response concerns. & rdquo; One clear trend was a shift in mindset before and after the trip. Almost half claimed that before the trip, they viewed the Cuban government as a repressive communist program that stifled originality and imagination. Nevertheless, just 19 % still held that viewpoint after their return. Following their introduction to the artistic, business and cultural communities they ran into, 88 % claimed the experience had made them more most likely to support ending the 50-year-old stoppage. Friendly Earth travelers reported being shocked by exactly how open and friendly the Cuban individuals were to American everyones.

Near 70 % claimed that after returning, they might more quickly different politics from culture. & ldquo; This illustrates for us that the people-to-people experience opens minds, expands horizons and

permits people to look past politics and into the body and souls of individuals, & rdquo; Goldman claimed. Heartfelt reviews The most valuable searchings for in the study had less to do with data and much even more to do with individual sentiments, as exemplified by

“anonymous comments from a number of participants: & bull; & ldquo; You will take away so much even more than you can think of. After you leave Cuba, ask yourself the question: How can I make a distinction for the Cuban individuals

? My response would be to mention to everybody that you, an American, have actually been to Cuba, and it s time that more Americans go and see this country and alter our mindset. & rdquo; & bull; & ldquo; It offered a more individual understanding of the people, culture and political structure than you can ever experience in books or TV documentaries. & rdquo; & bull; & ldquo; We felt like our journey to Cuba was an amazing gift. There was so much to see and do and soak up, and the people-to-people communications were exactly what made it so unique. & rdquo; Attending to false impressions & ldquo; It is noteworthy to understand how these programs are seen, specifically considering that there is a lot of conversation in the U.S. about the purpose and scope of these programs, & rdquo; she said. & ldquo; There are misunderstandings that the

• “programs are excuses for Americans to party on the Cuban coastlines and dance to Cuban music. & rdquo; Absolutely nothing could be further from the truth, she shared. & ldquo; Not only are our American”

travelers finding out about life in Cuba, however Cubans“are learning about us, & rdquo; she said. Goldman also explained that Americans support nascent entrepreneurs, Cuba s initially foray into an open-market economy,” with the “people-to-people check outs. & ldquo; We are the customers who go to the paladars [independently had restaurants] and delight in meals there, to the advantage of the personal owners, & rdquo; she said. Friendly Planet will present even more travel plans beginning in October, however it will not extend the existing offerings due

to the high cost of the journeys that arises from programs and bureaucracy costs. & ldquo; We wish to make sure that our Cuba programs stay as affordable as possible, & rdquo; Goldman claimed. The company is considering new activities, based upon survey comments. These include a possible visit to Vinales, a small town west of Havana, and a

stay in Santiago de Cuba on the island s southeastern coast. Friendly Earth strategies to offer a fam trip this spring, Goldman shared, because & ldquo; I desire representatives to be able to see Cuba s infrastructure and exactly what these

“programs provide their clients. & rdquo; Follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @ gnmtravelweekly.

In Dutch Antilles, Bonaire on divers’ A-list

The “B” of the Dutch Antilles’ Fundamentals —– Bonaire —– is not as often-visited as its close cozs, Aruba and Curacao. It is, nonetheless, held in high esteem by snorkelers and scuba divers.

Why? Crystal-clear water and 469 types of fish.

The destination is regularly placed as one of the world’s finest undersea locations, attracting lovers excited to experience the miles of vibrant reefs below the water’s surface area. Divers feel a sense of self-reliance, given the ease of access to shore dive sites around the island. Maps showing these sites are commonly offered.

The marina at Harbour Village Beach ClubAnd, in addition to a premium undersea experience, visitors can likewise experience a premium resort. Harbour Village Coastline Club, the island’s only luxury resort, is found in the country’s capital, Kralendijk, on Bonaire’s west coast. The 44-room home is also the island’s only gated and personal coastline club, according to General Manager Jean-Marc Petin.

Standing on among Harbour Coastline’s beachfront balconies, guests might see the tops of snorkels looking up over the waves, sandy feet hanging from hammocks and, occasionally, a fellow visitor emerging from a shore dive.

To accommodate visitors who are accredited divers —– about 60 % of resort-goers, Petin stated —– the resort has its own diving operation, Great Adventures, which just recently received a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) 5 Star Teacher Development Center position, the group’s greatest score, and offers diving dive credentials courses for any ages.

Chris Ball, PADI master teacher for Great Adventures, claimed that beginning next December, the operation will likewise be licensed to instruct dive teachers.

“We have actually had a lot of assistant instructors and dive masters [pertained to the resort] in the last couple of years, and we’ve been targeting those expert levels,” she claimed.

Great Adventures likewise has 2 personal dive watercrafts, bringing groups of Harbour Village guests to open water two times a day. For those who are not certified scuba divers, snorkeling devices is also offered for rent.

Petin acknowledged that the island “hasn’t been enlightening and training young experts for the hospitality market and imports some local talent.

“But local waiters and waitresses make up for the absence of experience by having a good attitude,” he claimed.

Certainly, I found both the service and the services at Harbour Village to be top-notch. I ate sometimes at La Balandra Coastline Bar and Dining establishment, where servers were friendly and reliable, and used the resort’s medical spa and gym during my stay.

Island of adventure

Because of Bonaire’s niche dive/snorkel market, Petin shared he thinks that the 113-square-mile Caribbean island “is still having a hard time to bring in attention as compared to Aruba and Curacao,” and the nation does not have the “glamour and glitz” of its equivalents.

The beach at Harbour Village Beach ClubNonetheless, Ethsel Pieternella, director of tourist for Bonaire, wrote in an email that there is “motion toward a more expanded market” which “on Bonaire, there is a consensus that our cherished diving market need to be one of numerous pillars sustaining our tourist market.”

While Bonaire also does not have the “towering, 500-room hotels and resorts [and] complete resorts” that vacationers discover on many islands of the Caribbean, Petin stated he thinks that this absence of industrial development, far from being a constraint, offers the island a more rustic and independent feel, which also draws in adventure tourists and beachgoers.

For nondivers, there are numerous choices. Bikes, scooters and automobiles are offered to rent to explore miles of white-sand coastlines. On a tour of the island, I saw lots of brilliantly colored “slave huts” that were utilized by those dealing with the salt hills in the mid-1800s. I also passed plenty of kite- and wind-surfing schools that had actually started a business on the coastline.

Pieternella said he thinks the island draws in “upper-middle-class, well-informed tourists looking for a soft journey and leisure location & hellip; that want a family-friendly product at a reasonable cost, quality, value and rate.”

He claimed the island is also in the process of becoming more active in advertising regionally to North America, Latin America and Europe.

The peak season for seeing the island runs from Dec. 21 to Jan. 5; Petin claimed about 30 % of Harbour Village guests are families with kids. Half of the clients hail from the U.S.; the resort attracts about 25 % from Dutch-speaking countries and a 25 % mix of Europeans and South Americans.

The resort’s reservations come from three sources: travel therapists, visit operators and online travel companies.

The resort provides a “star program” for travel agents, where, in addition to the firm’s 10 % commission, counselors can make $150 for each seven-night stay reserved for a one- or two-bedroom suite or premier suite and $100 for every Marina Front room reservation.

Petin shared he is also is intending to grow his business by providing more representative fam trips in the future.

“We do not provide adequate fam journeys to representatives,” he claimed. “My wish would be for more travel representatives and visit operators to come and visit.”

Visit www.tourismbonaire.com.

Grace Bay Club restaurant serves everything in jars

Jar restaurantGrace Bay Club in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos launched its most recent culinary concept called Jars on Grace Bay.

All menu items are served in containers of different shapes and sizes. Jars functions regional food, a range of wines, mixed punches and drinks.

Visitors consume, consume and revel in the views at a 30-foot communal table with stools. The main bar is located under a palm tree thatch hut with a lounge location, complete with oversized couches and background music.

Containers is the second pop-up laid-back dining experience at Grace Bay, showing up 2 years after Stix on Grace Bay made its launching on the beach.

Jars and Stix are pop-up restaurants since they are created to be seasonal places to allow visitors to delight in drinks and nibbles without needing to leave the beach.

Befitting its name, Stix’s menu is served on sticks or skewers.

A second Stix has opened at West Bay Club, the boutique resort three miles from Grace Bay Club that was rebranded by Grace Bay Resorts last July.

In addition, the new Noodle Bar + Kitchen area, the former Atlantic Bar & & Grill, just recently opened and offers noodles and pasta with Caribbean tastes and flavors in a renovated outdoor setting that accommodates as many as 80 guests.

Cuba tour operator working through visa difficulties

Despite the current shutdown of visa-processing services, “demand for the people-to-people programs is not reducing,” according to Tom Popper, president of tour operator Insight Cuba.

“We are taking brand-new bookings and are confident this trouble will be fixed. The U.S. State Division, Cuban Interests Section (CIS) and others are working very hard to recognize a brand-new bank to supply services for the Cuban objectives in Washington and New York,” Popper claimed.

“Considering that we saw it coming, we —– in addition to the air charter companies and other operators —– sent projections to CIS in advance for the variety of visas we anticipated we would need to cover us if/when the consular services once again were suspended,” Popper said.

“The visas we got carry the official stamp from CIS for entry into Cuba. We then fill out the tourist’s name and passport number.”

If a bank is not discovered to manage the monetary services and polite accounts for Cuba in the U.S., another alternative is to have tourists on the people-to-people visits receive and spend for their entry visas for Cuba when they show up in Havana.

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