Travelport announces air travel to Cuba now accessible via agents

Posted: 01-Jul-15 16:13

Travelport has announced that travel agencies in the United States can now search, sell and book air travel to and from Cuba. Following the changes announced by President Obama in January which will ease travel restrictions for Americans under 12 categories, the new search and book option will open up new opportunities for travellers.

Travelport announces air travel to Cuba now accessible via agents

Travelport has announced that travel agents in the United States will now be able to search, sell, and book air travel to Cuba.

Agencies will first need to sign a contract amendment with Travelport who will then activate the company's search and book system for travel to Cuba, which has been authorised by the United States government.

This will open up opportunities for Americans who are keen to visit the Caribbean island following a five-decades-long travel embargo between the United States and Cuba.

In December last year, President Obama announced that relations were to resume between the two countries and travel restrictions to the island would be eased.

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.

Scott Hyden, Travelport's Group Vice President and General Manager, Americas, said in a statement:

"U.S. travellers now have new opportunities for air travel to Cuba.

"Travelport's technology provides travellers with choices, and we're excited to be leading the way in making air travel to Cuba more accessible to travel agencies and U.S. citizens through Travelport's travel commerce platform."

Flights to Cuba will be available initially for agencies using Apollo and Worldspan, and this will be extended to Galileo-connected agents in the near future.

Cuba is a communist island nation located in the Caribbean Sea, south of the Bahamas, which boasts beautiful white and golden sand beaches, the world's second largest barrier reef; and historic cities with a vibrant culture.

Havana is the capital city of Cuba and it is rich in history and culture. The city boasts an array of tourist hotspots including the Malecon, a promenade that runs along the main streets of Havana and offers beautiful views of the bay; the Catedral de San Cristobal; the maritime museum, Castillo de la Real Fuerza; the Old Town, a UNESCO site with restored buildings and the tourist square, Plaza de Armas.

The island has seen an increase in American visitors over recent months who have visited through organised people to people programmes where they get to meet local Cubans, visit museums, eat at local restaurants, and learn about the communities.


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