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tpcook
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USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba
      #1620143 - 12/17/14 01:17 PM (75.133.117.91)

It has been announced that Cuba and the USA will have full diplomatic relations. I think this will be a game changer for the Caribbean for home ownership and values as well as tourism. This means the BVI will have to compete with Cuba which will be very difficult. C

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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: tpcook]
      #1620146 - 12/17/14 01:22 PM (174.64.142.233)

It is progress but lifting the embargo will require congressional approval which is not likely to come for the next two years.

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kneafseym
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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: GlennA]
      #1620151 - 12/17/14 01:39 PM (99.12.86.52)

This has been a bad policy for years, but we will screw Cuba once again once travel is allowed. Cuba will be the next cruise ship destination and does not have the infrastructure for thousands of people to travel there every day.

The airlines are already ready, American has flown from Miami and Continental from Houston for years. "daily charter flights".

There are bareboat charter bases already on the South coast, but provisioning is very difficult.

Having spent time in Cuba, it is a great country with a lot of offer.


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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: tpcook]
      #1620153 - 12/17/14 01:49 PM (50.29.172.115)

Ahh, so that is why my husband just shouted down the hall "we are going to Cuba soon!" (we work together)

My German relatives love Cuba and my mother has friends that have lived and worked there and they rave about it.


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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: tpcook]
      #1620154 - 12/17/14 01:59 PM (76.103.201.77)

I think this is great news and a long time coming..and I really dont think this will affect real BVI Tourism and if it diverts some cruise ships away from our beloved islands I say "Hooray"...maybe it will bring back those who remember "nature's little secrets"..

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sail445
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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: Manpot]
      #1620163 - 12/17/14 02:57 PM (107.72.164.108)

Cuba will be the new kid on the block for awhile then things will straighten themselves out.
The downfall for the BVI in my opinion will be the destruction of the East end (Trellis Bay), Cooper,Peter island and Marina Cay with the noise from the jets making their approach to land at the new airport


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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: Manpot]
      #1620165 - 12/17/14 02:58 PM (68.186.104.100)

Probably won't be making any plans to go there in the next couple years, but it will certainly impact our planned Caribbean sailing sabbatical/circumnavigation - in a good way.

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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: snmhanson]
      #1620175 - 12/17/14 03:58 PM (184.166.21.62)

Here is what I read, so not much will change yet:

“We cannot completely lift the travel ban" without Congress, one official said on a conference call organized by the White House. "We are authorizing as much travel as we possibly can within the constraints of the legislation.”

In practice, that will mean granting travel licenses to all travelers in categories that Congress has already designated as permitted to go to Cuba. Those include: family visits, official U.S. government travel, journalism, professional research or meetings, educational exchanges, religious activities, public performances (including sporting events), and humanitarian work.


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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: sail2wind]
      #1620178 - 12/17/14 04:06 PM (71.101.36.77)

OK, so looks like I will have to wait a while longer to go to Cuba.

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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: kneafseym]
      #1620207 - 12/17/14 07:19 PM (24.227.15.218)

I remember you sneaking in Mike and telling me there was nowhere for you and Jen to eat and you had to The sneak into an allinclusive cause you were jonesing for a hamburger...casailor53

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