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- February / 2015 –

U.S. demand for travel to Cuba rises amid thaw in U.S.-Cuba relationsBY HANNAH SAMPSON/ is facing a tourism tsunami as Americans who can more easily visit the island rush to experience a frozen-in-time culture before it disappears. More than two months after President Barack Obama first announced that travel restrictions to the communist island nation would be eased and several weeks after the release of less-stringent regulations, tour operators say inquiries and bookings have shot up while more travel providers have waded into the mix. Read more

Senate bill would end Cuba trade embargoBy Tim Devaney / The hillThe longstanding Cuba trade embargo would end under new legislation in the Senate. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, introduced a bill Thursday that would pave a way for American companies to do business in Cuba.The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act would strike down decades-old laws that prohibit U.S. businesses from trading with or operating in Cuba. Read more.

usaNetflix Comes to Cubatechcrunch.comStreaming video service Netflix will be available to Cuban customers starting today, at the $7.99 U.S. per month rate that it offers in the U.S., the company announced today. It'll still require an international payment method for now, as well as Internet access (which still isn't ubiquitous in the U.S.),...Read more.



U.S. Congresspersons Aim to Achieve Progress in Relations with Cuba
CUBANEWS – Yoandry
HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 19 (acn) We want to make progress in the political, cultural and economic relations between the United States and Cuba, because the blockade hasn't had any success, asserted in this capital Nancy Pelosi, Democratic minority leader in the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress. Read More.

cubaUS orchestra travel to Cuba in major cultural exchangeBy Anita Snow Associated Press
HAVANA (AP) — The Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday that it will play two concerts in Cuba in May in what's believed to be the first major cultural exchange between the two countries since their leaders announced a move toward warmer relations. Read More.

USA-Cuba relationsNew Cuba rules could flood island with U.S.-made goodsAlan Gomez, USA TODA / Photo: Jose Goitia, APMIAMI — As many Americans wonder how quickly they can travel to Cuba under new rules announced by the White House, business owners are more focused on how many products they could start shipping to the island.Read more.





Americans' Opinion of Cuba Highest in Nearly 20 Years

gallupWASHINGTON, D.C. -- As President Barack Obama and his administration work to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and loosen travel restrictions between the two countries for the first time in 53 years, Americans now view Cuba more favorably than they have in nearly 20 years. Forty-six percent say they have a favorable opinion of Cuba, up eight percentage points from last year, and a far cry from the 10% favorability rating in 1996. Read more.

TelecommunicationsTalks on Agreement between Cuba and U.S. Telecommunications Companies Conclude
HAVANA, Cuba (acn) The Cuban Telecommunications Enterprise S.A., ETECSA, and the U.S. company IDT Domestic Telecom, INC. (IDT) have ended talks, with the purpose of signing an agreement of Services for International Telecommunications Operations, which will allow for direct interconnection between the United States and Cuba. Read more.


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