TripAdvisor Gets Okay to Book Travel to Cuba

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TripAdvisor Gets Okay to Book Travel to Cuba


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Needham, Massachusetts - Travel website TripAdvisor announced that it can now help you book a flight to Cuba, find a place to stay there and see the attractions it has to offer.

TripAdvisor, based in Needham, is among a few companies to receive licenses from the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control to facilitate travel bookings to Cuba for travelers from the US and outside the US.

Cuba was for decades one of the toughest travel destinations for Americans because of the nations' long-term enmity.

Democratic President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17, 2014, that they were restoring diplomatic ties, which were broken in 1961 after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba and installed a communist government. The easing of diplomatic relations led to easier travel between the nations, which are just 90 miles apart.

TripAdvisor said its bookings will include flights, hotels, short-term home rentals and visits to cultural attractions.

"TripAdvisor looks forward to helping travelers all over the world discover Cuba's vibrant history, people and culture as we begin the important work to make these trips possible," company president Stephen Kaufer said in a statement. …

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