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Caribic reintroduces cuban tours

Adding to its current Havana excursions, Caribic Vacations has reintroduced a one-day tour and a new eight-day, seven-nightvacation package to Cuba effective Friday.

One day visitors will get to explore historic Santiago de Cuba, Cuba's second-largest city and a central point in the Spanish-speaking country's revolutionary fight back in the 1950s.

In fact, Fidel Castro is said to have actually proclaimed the revolution victory from a balcony on Santiago de Cuba's town hall.The eight-day tour goes to the resort town of Holguin.


The respective packages are priced at US$250 (J$17,175) and US$825 (J$56,700), and includes accommodation, airport and hotel transfers, meals for three complete days.

"The only the thing persons buying the package will need is money for four lunches and four dinners, the Cuban departure tax and possibly shopping," said managing director Oliver Townsend.

Townsend, who succeeded his father Oliver as head of Caribic in January, says his company is partnering with tour operator Cubanacan which will fly an ATR 42-seater aircraft from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay each Friday at 8:50 a.m., returning at 5:30 p.m.


"Our aim is to attract tourists already staying in Jamaica and who would like to island hop for a day, while our seven-day target market is Jamaicans wishing to vacation there," he said. The package blends two four-star hotels: the Casa Granda in Santiago and the Occidental Grand Playa Turquesa all-inclusive resort in Holguin.

The flight also offers Jamaican students studying in the neighbouring island another option, joining Air Jamaica, which flies to the capital city, Havana three days per week.

The Air Jamaica hop currently costs more than $26,000 return (approximately US$382).

Valued at US$250 and $825 respectively, the holiday will give each visitor the opportunity to experience a guided tour of Santiago de Cuba, rum tasting and cigar factory, the El Morro Castle, the changing of the guard ceremony of the national hero José Martí, and a visit to the Antonio Maceo Revolutionary Square.

Townsend contends that Jamaica also stands to gain in tourism arrivals, saying the destination is popular among its Spanish-speaking neighbour, and that already, the tour offering has a number of forward bookings out of Cuba to Montego Bay.


"The demand is very strong for people wanting to visit here from Cuba," he said.

"The success of this programme will be bolstered by the large demand for the one-day tour of Jamaica from Cuba."

Cuba boasts a very rich history, culture and heritage and Latin music. It is also famous for the Tropicana Cabaret Show, cigars and rum.

Source: By Janet Silvera, Jamaica Gleaner

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