Expedia enters Cuba travel market as US curbs ease (VIDEO)

SAN FRANCISCO, May 25 — Now Americans can book hotels in Cuba themselves. The online travel services company Expedia joins a dozen US airlines and cruise operators that have entered the Cuban market. The US eased travel and trade restrictions after it announced a detente with its former Cold War foe three years ago.

Expedia says it'll offer hotel and B&B options. Previously, Americans had to reserve Cuban hotels through travel agencies or tour groups.

Tourists stroll through Havana, Cuba May 18, 2017. — Reuters pic
Tourists stroll through Havana, Cuba May 18, 2017. — Reuters pic

American tourists in Havana like Kim Smith welcomed the move. He says: “Oh that would make it real easy, very very easy, and I think we have a tendency to do everything online, so it would be a benefit to us.”

Also this week, Cuba opened its first five-star hotel ahead of its official inauguration in June. The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski is set within a renovated 19th Century building.

It's one of 110 projects on the Ministry of Tourism's portfolio involving foreign investment. These developments come as U.S. President Donald Trump conducts a full review of US policy toward Cuba. — Reuters

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