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Thursday, August 8, 2013

US Travel Professionals invited to Cuba on a FAM

US travel agents are invited on two departures on American Airlines on a FAM trip to Cuba. 
The tour leaves directly after the ASTA Global Convention September 20-29 or the NACTA conference September 22-30 

including charter flights on American Airlines,
five star accommodations and services by Sol Melia

Some 100,000 Americans not of Cuban origin visited our neighbor last year.  Join us in a unique opportunity to experience and evaluate the current situation of licensed travel and client referrals. Gain insight into the contribution international tourism is making to Cuba's sustainable development.  Discuss and affect planning for the post-embargo era.

Meet with counterparts in Havana, Matanzas, Varadero, Santa Clara, Cayo Santa Maria, Trinidad and Cienfuegos.

Hold in depth discussions with departments of tourism at the Universities of Havana, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and (to be confirmed) Matanzas as well as with community historians and development specialists.

Limited to US travel agents, tour operators, travel writers, event organizers, as well as teachers of tourism and hospitality who are members of ASTA, NTA, USTOA, CRIE, Trinet, ETC and other professional associations.
25 to 30 PAX*
  -- $200 on line deposit  (refundable if cost increases)
  -- $1234 double occupancy  (single supplement $148)
  -- $550 flight from Miami, visa and insurance 

For further information and a registration form, contact John McAuliff, Cuba/US People to People Partnership, jmcauliff@ffrd.org; 917-859-9025. 
Registration deadline:  Monday, August 19 (earlier advisable to assure air)

*  costs will be higher if fewer than 25 PAX; program has common core for all participants with introductory and concluding days repeated to fit schedules of those attending the ASTA convention and/or NACTA

photo by David Garten
itinerary subject to change

Group 1
(including ASTA global convention registrants who will not attend NACTA) 
Friday Sept 20
Check-in Miami 10 am, arrive in Havana at 1:50 pm
Dinner at Arte Chef with mojito demonstration 
Optional:  Habana Cafe cabaret
Hotel Melia Cohiba 
Saturday, Sept 21 
Breakfast at hotel
City tour Old Havana – Miguel Coyula presentation at model of Habana Vieja
Lunch at El Patio restaurant with representative of the Historian's Office
Visit to Regla church and municipal Museum, talk on Afro Cuban religions and Nsila      
   cheche dance performance, return by ferry
Artisans market 
Dinner on own
Optional: Tropicana, jazz cafe, other cultural attractions 
Hotel Melia Cohiba 

Sunday, Sept 22 
Breakfast at hotel
Discussion at hotel of social and economic changes
Visit selected Havana hotels 
Lunch at La Barraca Restaurant (Hotel Nacional) 
Travel from Havana to Matanzas
Visit slavery museum and fortress or meet with Faculty of Tourism professors
Travel to Varadero
Dinner at Kike Kcho restaurant
Hotel Melia Marina 
Group 2 , transfer to Varadero to merge with group 1
(primarily for NACTA registrants: check-in Miami at noon, arrive Havana 4:00 pm)
Monday, Sept 23
Breakfast at hotel
Visit Marina condominium project
Lunch at Al Resturant
Visit selected Varadero hotels, Xanadu
Dinner at hotel
Hotel Melia Marina 

Tuesday, Sept 24
Breakfast at hotel.
Travel from Varadero to Santa Clara
Lunch at Hotel America restaurant
Exchange with students and professors from UCLV (Santa Clara University)
Visit Che Memorial 
Travel to Cayo Santa Maria
Dinner at hotel
Hotel Melia Buenavista

Wednesday, Sept 25
Breakfast at hotel
Visit selected CSM hotels
Travel from CSM to Trinidad
Lunch at restaurant Plaza Mayor with historian
Visit to pottery workshop Casa del Alfarero Santander 
Dinner at restaurant El Colonial 
Hotel Iberostar Trinidad or La Ronda 

Thursday, Sept 26
Breakfast at hotel
Travel from Trinidad to Cienfuegos
Walking tour of city center, Terry Theater 
Lunch at Club CFG with historian
Exchange with students and professors from Cienfuegos University
Choral performance
Dinner on own (optional, seaside Finca de los Colorados)
Hotel Union or Jagua 

Friday, Sept 27
Breakfast at hotel
Travel from Cienfuegos to Havana
Buffet lunch in Vedado
Exchange with professors and students from Faculty of Tourism, University of Havana
Check in Melia Cohiba or Melia Habana Hotel
Dinner on own
Opera de la Calle (if in Havana)
(If not, presentation about a tour program on the Irish Heritage of Cuba, plus Celtic music
  by the Asturian Banda de Gaitas)
Optional: Tropicana, jazz cafe, other cultural attractions 
Saturday, Sept 28
Breakfast at hotel
Discussion at hotel with representatives of P2P receiving agencies
Lunch at El Aljibe
Visit Finca Vigia  (Hemingway home)
Discussion at hotel of bilateral relations with Cuban expert and official of US Interests Section
Dinner at restaurant La Divina Pastora, cannon firing ceremony
Optional: Tropicana, jazz cafe, other cultural attractions 

Sunday, Sept 29 
Breakfast at hotel
Group 1 departs hotel at 2:30 pm, arrives Miami 6:10 pm 
Group 2 
Visit church in Regla, talk on Afro Cuban religions and Nsila cheche dance performance at
   the Municipal museum, return by ferry 
Artisans market
Lunch at El Patio restaurant with representative of the Historian's Office
City tour Old Havana, presentation at scale model of Habana Vieja by Miguel Coyula
Visit selected hotels
Dinner at Arte Chef with mojito demonstration. 
Optional:  Habana Cafe cabaret show, Tropicana, jazz cafe, other cultural attractions 

Monday, Sept 30
Group 2 departs hotel at 11:00 am, arrives Miami 2:40 pm