Arrivals up 62%?

Old Dec 14, 15, 8:09 am
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Arrivals up 62%?

According to this. Havana maybe, but not the whole of Cuba surely?

I can believe that the tourism infrastructure is stretched to the limits so the CP owner/operators must be happy.
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Old Dec 14, 15, 8:50 pm
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The prices demanded in our casa particular went from 35 CUC to 110 CUC and it is fully booked.
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Old Dec 17, 15, 10:11 am
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Its sad, Habana Libre hotel, now $300 per night.
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Old Dec 20, 15, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by carpetbagger View Post
The prices demanded in our casa particular went from 35 CUC to 110 CUC and it is fully booked.
Yes, airbnb has taken over as well. Thank God my Casa lady loves me so much so she still charges me 30 per night.
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Old Dec 22, 15, 10:12 am
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The flood gates have opened - having just returned from my 3rd trip this year, I can say that things have changed drastically - in terms of room rates and tourist costs... This is in anticipation of the Americans being allowed unfettered access to Cuba - however just last week, it seemed that Havana (at least the touristy Old Town and Vedado) was overrun by Americans... Air Bnb seems to be the best bet for lodging but their charges have increased almost 100% in the last few months....
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Old Dec 23, 15, 9:36 am
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The flood gates have opened - having just returned from my 3rd trip this year, I can say that things have changed drastically - in terms of room rates and tourist costs... This is in anticipation of the Americans being allowed unfettered access to Cuba - however just last week, it seemed that Havana (at least the touristy Old Town and Vedado) was overrun by Americans... Air Bnb seems to be the best bet for lodging but their charges have increased almost 100% in the last few months....
The beginning of the end of Cuba. Sad. Soon the Casino's will be back.
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Old Feb 19, 16, 3:36 am
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Back in 1960 Americans were desperate to get out . . . and in 2016 everyone is desperate to get in before the Americans come back. I'm going on Sunday. Just in time before there's a Starbucks on every corner.
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Old Feb 19, 16, 8:46 am
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Just in time before there's a Starbucks on every corner.
I've never understand this lament. When the time comes that Starbucks and McDonald's come to Havana, don’t go inside if you disapprove. It's that simple. Most Cubans are not going to be able to afford to go to those places. Their presence is not going to change the daily routines of most people there, nor will their presence change your experience in Cuba.

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Old Feb 20, 16, 3:11 am
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I've never understand this lament. When the time comes that Starbucks and McDonald's come to Havana, donít go inside if you disapprove. It's that simple. Most Cubans are not going to be able to afford to go to those places. Their presence is not going to change the daily routines of most people there, nor will their presence change your experience in Cuba.
It's the numbing cultural crush that these huge, mainly US chains inflict on towns and countries - they homogenise everything, their products are generally awful, they pay their staff a pittance and they don't pay taxes. I think they are a blight on the world, frankly.
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We'll have to disagree about the impact these places will have on the average Cuban. Enjoy your trip.
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