Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Is Cuba Really the Next Big Thing?

Is Cuba Really the Next Big Thing?
October 10, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - October 10, 2016) - Cuba has been
making waves since the U.S. State Department relaxed rules last year for
American tourists who may want to travel there. Since then there has
been a surge of interest from Americans, and airline companies and
cruise lines have been lining up with itineraries and routes for the
90-mile trip across the straits from Florida.

However, as reported in the latest issue of Travel-Intel, most Americans
who have expressed interest in traveling to Cuba are actually unlikely
to do so. The study, conducted by Allianz Global Assistance found that
70 percent of those Americans most likely to travel to Cuba would, in
the end, decline the option. Reasons? Safety, lack of traveler
information, and concern over the politics of the country.

The study is detailed in the latest issue of Travel-Intel, a weekly
publication sent to 103,000 travel agents in North America and posted on for travel consumers to read.

The publication also looks at sustainable travel -- a segment of the
travel industry that has been growing at a healthy clip: about 65
percent per year between 2009 and 2012 and showing up as a strongly
emergent category of travel. The article details eight adventurous
tours, such as trekking in Patagonia and "slow food" cycling through
Tuscany, which keep sustainable travel as a focus.

In other news, Travel-Intel features hot travel spots in Indochina for
travelers looking for luxury and wows in stays in Viet Nam, Thailand and
Cambodia. An article reviews the Reverie Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, The
Siam in Bangkok and Saa Private Island in Cambodia, all members of the
exclusive Kurtz-Ahlers collection of luxury hotels, resorts and
destination specialists.

For cruise enthusiasts, Travel-Intel focuses in on new ways cruise lines
are raising the bar on onboard edification with culinary classes,
cultural exposure, astronomy sessions, even acting classes with members
of dramatic arts troupes.

Finally, Travel-Intel offers an article on rising trends in solo travel
and best international cities to feel the comforts and joys of traveling

Travel-Intel is written by travel industry journalists and focuses on
changing trends in travel. Stories come from a variety of places and
perspectives, including intel from travel industry conferences and
expos, or first person experiences at popular hotels, exotic resorts,
cruise ships and ports, and destinations near and far. Current issues
and archives can be viewed at

"We keep tabs on the travel industry so travel agents and travelling
consumers can stay current with favored destinations and places in the
world they want to go," says Lark Gould, content editor for Travel-Intel.

As a veteran travel journalist who has been covering the travel industry
for more than 30 years, Lark Gould puts he incisive perspective into the
weekly publication, with features and news updates, and also "packages"
issues that present great travel deals to be found at hotels and resort
locations worldwide. Travel-Intel can be viewed as a stand-alone
publication on Gould publishes travel columns and stories for
Barclay's Travel Community, the Washington Times, Business Travel
Executive, and Business Traveler USA, as well as and Larkslist.

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