Latour to increase its people to people programmes to Cuba

Posted: 13-Jun-15 13:02

Latour has announced that it will be increasing its number of licensed people-to-people tours to Cuba in 2015 and 2016. The company currently offers tour programmes to the island in three categories for general-interest travellers, Jewish travellers, and LGBT travellers, and it will increase its offering due to a rise in demand.

Latour to increase its people to people programmes to Cuba

Latour will be increasing the number of licensed people-to-people tours to Cuba in 2015 and 2016, due to an massive increase in demand.

The company currently operates a schedule of 38 departures to Cuba between now and the summer of 2016 with its nine-day/eight-night tour programmes.

Latour's programmes to the Caribbean island include three itineraries that are tailored to general-interest travellers, "Hello Cuba!"; Jewish travellers, "Shalom, Cuba"; and PrideWorld's "Cuban Pride" for LGBT travellers.

Richard Krieger, the President of the IsramWorld Portfolio of Brands, the parent company of Latour, explained:

"Ever since we began our people-to-people tour programmes to Cuba in 2013, the interest in visiting Cuba, and meeting and interacting with the Cuban people, has soared.

"But we will be adding more dates to the programme because interest is so intense, and because the IsramWorld Portfolio of Brands has been committed to tourism to Cuba for more than 20 years since our first tours to the island in the mid-1990s."

Following President Obama's announcement in December that relations between Cuba ad the United States were to resume after an embargo lasting more than five decades, there has been a significant increase in interest from U.S travellers who are keen to visit the communist country.

General tourism has not yet been approved as a reason to visit the country, but Americans can visit for educational, religious, academic and cultural and family purposes across 12 categories, without having to obtain a licence.

Cuba is an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea, south of the Bahamas. Tourists can relax on the many beautiful white and golden sand beaches; snorkel and scuba dive along the world's second largest barrier reef among tropical marine species; or take tours of the cities to embrace the vibrant culture.

Havana is the capital city and it is rich in history and culture, with an array of tourist hotspots including the Malecon, the soaring Catedral de San Cristobal, and the Old Town, a UNESCO site with restored buildings and a piazza.

Popular destinations in the island include the coastal resort of Varadero and the Jardines del Rey with the virgin cays and turquoise, crystal-clear waters.


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