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Cuba Studying Extending Use of Euro

Old Oct 28th 2004, 12:53 pm
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Earl
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If so, then Europe will extend in part to Cuba.

The Monroe Doctrine détourné

Earl

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Cuba Studying Extending Use of Euro

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press Writer

HAVANA - Communist officials are thinking about extending the use of
the euro beyond a few resorts for vacationing Europeans as the country
moves to halt widespread use of the dollar, Cuba's tourism minister
said Wednesday.

Since Fidel Castro (news - web sites)'s government decided to replace
the dollar with the local Cuban convertible peso, authorities have
been studying coordinating with Cuba's Central Bank to extend the
acceptance of the euro in other areas of the country, Tourism Minister
Manuel Marrero said.

The euro now is accepted at several coastal resorts on this Caribbean
island, including Varadero east of Havana and Jardines del Rey,
located in a string of keys along the main island's northern central
coast.

The European currency is also accepted at hotels, restaurants, shops
and other businesses in the eastern beach resorts of Santa Lucia,
Covarrubias and Holguin, and Cayo Largo del Sur, off the main island's
southwestern coast.

Cuba, which hopes to receive 2 million visitors this year, is a
popular vacation spot for Europeans.

President Fidel Castro announced Monday night that his government was
launching a two-week process Tuesday to eliminate the U.S. currency
from circulation in its stores and businesses in response to
stepped-up American sanctions.

Adopted as a temporary measure in 1993, the widespread use of the
dollar had been seen as a necessary evil to survive after the loss of
Soviet assistance. It soon became the primary currency used by
foreigners and Cubans alike at stores and other businesses across the
island.

But starting Nov. 8, dollars will no longer be used for local trade
and a national currency known as the convertible Cuban peso will be
the only money accepted at most businesses across the island of 11.2
million people.

In a move aimed at discouraging people on the island from using
dollars, banks and exchange houses will now levy a 10 percent charge
to change dollars for the convertible pesos. There will be no such
charge to change euros and other convertible foreign currencies
including British pounds, Swiss francs and Canadian dollars.
 
Old Oct 28th 2004, 1:48 pm
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Aviday Ogelvay
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    >Cuba, which hopes to receive 2 million visitors this year, is a
    >popular vacation spot for Europeans.

I guess this is kind of European travel in reverse, but what the heck. I'm
curious about how Europeans get to Cuba for vacations. Obviously in the US
there are no flights. On a recent trip to Canada I did notice a lot of ads for
trips to Cuba though. Are there direct flights from Europe to Cuba? If so, what
cities can you fly out of in Europe? I've often thought about circumventing our
government's travel embargo by going to Cuba via Canada but it's probably too
risky with the tighter laws recently imposed by the Bush administration. I fear
that by the time I get a chance to visit Cuba it will already have been spoiled
by mass tourism from Canada and Europe.
 
Old Oct 28th 2004, 2:41 pm
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On 28 Oct 2004 13:48:42 GMT, [email protected]ntiSpam (Aviday Ogelvay)
wrote:

    >>Cuba, which hopes to receive 2 million visitors this year, is a
    >>popular vacation spot for Europeans.
    >I guess this is kind of European travel in reverse, but what the heck. I'm
    >curious about how Europeans get to Cuba for vacations. Obviously in the US
    >there are no flights. On a recent trip to Canada I did notice a lot of ads for
    >trips to Cuba though. Are there direct flights from Europe to Cuba?

Of course.

    > If so, what
    >cities can you fly out of in Europe?

Classified information, we don't want to be bombed for dealing with a
pariah Marxist regime.

Hint:
http://www.bestatcubaholidays.co.uk/...air_france.htm

    > I've often thought about circumventing our
    >government's travel embargo by going to Cuba via Canada but it's probably too
    >risky with the tighter laws recently imposed by the Bush administration. I fear
    >that by the time I get a chance to visit Cuba it will already have been spoiled
    >by mass tourism from Canada and Europe.
That would spoil it :-)

Would they let you back in if they knew where you had been?

There's always a Guantanamo Bay Package tour if you are desperate.
--
Martin
 
Old Oct 28th 2004, 3:23 pm
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Earl Evleth
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in article [email protected], Aviday Ogelvay at
[email protected]ntiSpam wrote on 28/10/04 15:48:

    > I guess this is kind of European travel in reverse, but what the heck. I'm
    > curious about how Europeans get to Cuba for vacations.

A lot of agencies offer flights from Paris. I went to Havana on a couple
of scientific missions and took Iberia. Since I have a French passport
and was traveling on an official mission, this presented to problem.
I never took my US passport with me. I talk to the US Embassy about
the legality of my going and they shrugged their shoulders.

You can`t use US based credit cards in Cuba but any European can
travel without hinderance.

    > Obviously in the US there are no flights. On a recent trip to Canada I did
    > notice a lot of ads for trips to Cuba though. Are there direct flights from
    > Europe to Cuba? If so, what cities can you fly out of in Europe?

I took Iberia via Madrid but I think some of my Cuban colleagues came
directly on the Cuban Airline, whatever its name was.

    > I've often thought about circumventing our
    > government's travel embargo by going to Cuba via Canada but it's probably too
    > risky with the tighter laws recently imposed by the Bush administration. I
    > fear that by the time I get a chance to visit Cuba it will already have been
    > spoiled by mass tourism from Canada and Europe.

A lot of Americans have dodged the embargo. The Cuban government avoids
stamping your passport and giving you an entry slip, I think. You need
a visa, however but than can possibly be gotten in Paris or elsewhere.
I think from the US it is more easily done by flying through Mexico,
or somewhere in the Caribbean.

The US occasionally makes an example out of somebody they have caught but
the chances are low. This is over 40 years of nonsense and the US
Government playing bully with its own citizens.

On the other hand, while interesting, a sort of trophy visit, my visits
to Cuba does not lead me to recommend it as a vacation spot. One will
stay in golden ghetto conditions at some beach side hotel, not really
with the Cubans. I don`t like being around a lot of poor people
who look in distress. Also I like getting my daily newspapers, not
the Granma. We go to the Caribbean often, bare boat sailing, the BVI.
I prefer being with other people who are happy.

Living in Paris pretty much does that, we have been here 30 years.
In fact, Europe is so nice I don`t like visiting the USA anymore!


Earl
 
Old Oct 28th 2004, 3:33 pm
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Earl Evleth wrote:

    > in article [email protected], Aviday Ogelvay at
    > [email protected]ntiSpam wrote on 28/10/04 15:48:
    >
    >
    >>I guess this is kind of European travel in reverse, but what the heck. I'm
    >>curious about how Europeans get to Cuba for vacations.
    >
    >
    > A lot of agencies offer flights from Paris. I went to Havana on a couple
    > of scientific missions and took Iberia. Since I have a French passport
    > and was traveling on an official mission, this presented to problem.
    > I never took my US passport with me. I talk to the US Embassy about
    > the legality of my going and they shrugged their shoulders.
    >
    > You can`t use US based credit cards in Cuba but any European can
    > travel without hinderance.
    >
    >
    >>Obviously in the US there are no flights. On a recent trip to Canada I did
    >>notice a lot of ads for trips to Cuba though. Are there direct flights from
    >>Europe to Cuba? If so, what cities can you fly out of in Europe?
    >
    >
    > I took Iberia via Madrid but I think some of my Cuban colleagues came
    > directly on the Cuban Airline, whatever its name was.
    >
    >
    >>I've often thought about circumventing our
    >>government's travel embargo by going to Cuba via Canada but it's probably too
    >>risky with the tighter laws recently imposed by the Bush administration. I
    >>fear that by the time I get a chance to visit Cuba it will already have been
    >>spoiled by mass tourism from Canada and Europe.
    >
    >
    > A lot of Americans have dodged the embargo. The Cuban government avoids
    > stamping your passport and giving you an entry slip, I think. You need
    > a visa, however but than can possibly be gotten in Paris or elsewhere.
    > I think from the US it is more easily done by flying through Mexico,
    > or somewhere in the Caribbean.

I was in Cancun recently and saw flights to Havana advertised for $75. I
got the impression that Cuba is easily entered from anywhere other than
America.

    >
    > The US occasionally makes an example out of somebody they have caught but
    > the chances are low. This is over 40 years of nonsense and the US
    > Government playing bully with its own citizens.
    >
    > On the other hand, while interesting, a sort of trophy visit, my visits
    > to Cuba does not lead me to recommend it as a vacation spot. One will
    > stay in golden ghetto conditions at some beach side hotel, not really
    > with the Cubans. I don`t like being around a lot of poor people
    > who look in distress. Also I like getting my daily newspapers, not
    > the Granma. We go to the Caribbean often, bare boat sailing, the BVI.
    > I prefer being with other people who are happy.
    >
    > Living in Paris pretty much does that, we have been here 30 years.
    > In fact, Europe is so nice I don`t like visiting the USA anymore!
    >
    >
    > Earl
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
 
Old Oct 28th 2004, 8:35 pm
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"Aviday Ogelvay" <[email protected]> schreef in bericht
news:[email protected]...
    > >Cuba, which hopes to receive 2 million visitors this year, is a
    > >popular vacation spot for Europeans.
    > I guess this is kind of European travel in reverse, but what the heck. I'm
    > curious about how Europeans get to Cuba for vacations.

There are lots of scheduled and charter flights to Cuba from the UK,
Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

For instance we went to Cuba on Martinair, a Dutch airline, that has regular
direct flights from Amsterdam to 3 Cuban cities: Holguin, Varadero, and
Havana.

Sjoerd
 
Old Oct 28th 2004, 10:51 pm
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[email protected]ntiSpam (Aviday Ogelvay) wrote in
news:[email protected]:

    > I'm curious about how Europeans get to Cuba for vacations.

By airplane.

    > Are there direct flights
    > from Europe to Cuba?

Of course

    > If so, what cities can you fly out of in Europe?

Most airports that have any relevant charter traffic, and of course all the
big hubs.

Regards


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Old Oct 28th 2004, 11:16 pm
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"Wolfgang Schwanke" <[email protected]> skrev i meddelandet
news:[email protected]...
    > [email protected]ntiSpam (Aviday Ogelvay) wrote in
    > news:[email protected]:
    >> I'm curious about how Europeans get to Cuba for vacations.
    > By airplane.
Some cruise ships calls.
 
Old Oct 29th 2004, 7:17 am
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Bjorn Olsson
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[email protected]ntiSpam (Aviday Ogelvay) wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > >Cuba, which hopes to receive 2 million visitors this year, is a
    > >popular vacation spot for Europeans.
    >
    > I guess this is kind of European travel in reverse, but what the heck. I'm
    > curious about how Europeans get to Cuba for vacations.

They simply contact a travel agent and book one of the many package
holidays on offer.

Bjorn
 

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