Expedia has announced it has started offering bookings for Cuba on its brands Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Orbitz and CheapTickets.
Research and bookings can now be completed by US and non-US travellers in compliance with OFAC regulations.
US travellers are able to certify that their travel falls under one of 12 categories of authorised travel, including family visits, travel for government work, journalism, professional research, humanitarian work and educational activities, and “people-to-people” educational travel. Non-US travellers can confirm they are not subject to US jurisdiction.
Mario Ribera, vice president of market management for Latin America, said: “We’ve been working around the clock with our partners to be able to offer this iconic, culture-rich destination to our global customers, with the added convenience of online booking through a trusted travel partner.
“As one of the first US companies to offer hotel bookings in Cuba for individual travellers, we’re well-poised to attract new consumers into the market, further strengthening the value proposition with our partners.”
Josep Brichs, corporate commercial director for Barceló Hotel Group Latin America, added: “We are excited to make Barceló properties in Cuba accessible to travellers on Expedia platforms around the world.
“We are also very proud that Barceló Solymar and Barceló Arenas Blancas in Varadero have been one of the first bookings made on Expedia since the opening of the destination. Expedia is a key partner and our priority is to develop new opportunities within the international travel industry together.”
Expedia says Cuba continues to generate interest as a hot destination among travellers after relations were normalised between it and the US allowing American carriers and cruise operators to serve the destination.