Cuba reports increase in tourist arrivals, according to ONEI

Havana, Dec 3 (Prensa Latina) The National Office of Statistics and Information of Cuba (ONEI) reported an increase in tourist arrivals that justifies authorities’ efforts to boost tourism.

The report points out that up to October, 1,729,098 foreign visitors arrived in Cuba, accounting for 540.4 percent compared to the same period in 2021.

This figure is equivalent to 1,409,105 additional travelers. The report says that 1,198,402 international visitors were welcomed up to October, which represents 587.6 percent, or 994,455 more international travelers than in the same period in the previous year.

ONEI added that the main tourist-sending sources are Canada, the Cuban community abroad, the United States, Spain, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Mexico, among others.

Canada has accumulated 359,034 visitors so this year, and together with the Cuban community abroad (266,264) they hold the top two undisputed positions on the list.


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For the end of U.S. blockade against Cuba, says caravan in Miami

Washington, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) A new caravan opposing the hostile U.S. blockade against Cuba will be conducted on Sunday in Miami, Florida, organized by the ¨Puentes de Amor¨ (Bridges of Love) Solidarity Project

Members of the Cuban immigration community based in Miami as well as Cuba´s friends residing in the United States will be reaffirming President Joe Biden to lift the unilateral blockade imposed on Cuba for over 60 years.

Bridges of Love Project: All present at the Miami solidarity caravan this weekend! For the Cuban family! For the end of the blockade! Sunday, December 4, 2022, St. Barbara’s Day! We call everyone to participate in the Miami solidarity caravan’, according to the call posted on social media.

This initiative is aimed at getting contributions to take powdered milk to the Children´s Hospitals in Guantánamo and Santiago de Cuba provinces located in the eastern part of Cuba.

According to Carlos Lazo, Bridges of Love Project Coordinator, this Sunday’s solidarity caravan will be conducted in Miami, Florida, although other U.S. cities nationwide and around the world will be also making similar claims.

Solidarity Caravan for the Cuban family, to build bridges of love between the two peoples (Cuba and U.S.) and to call for the Joe Biden administration to stick to its election campaign promises and to push its own boundaries,’ Carlos Lazo stated.

Lazo also harped on the significance the White House to withdraw Cuba from its list of alleged States Sponsor of Terrorism -according to Washington’s standards-. This is something that reinforces the impact of the its hostile blockade and hinders financial operations, as well as Cuba´s insertion in international trade.

Solidarity caravans are taken place every end of the month in several parts of the world, calling -among others- for the family reunification program, family remittance sending and the restoration of travel to Cuba.

Lazo ratified the actions against the end of the hostile blockade ‘nobody can stop them’, because ‘it is necessary to put an end to this irrational and cruel policy and build bridges of love’.


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CARICOM holds a virtual forum for 50 years of ties with Cuba

Georgetown, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) A virtual forum to commemorate 50 years of cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba takes place today Thursday, coordinated by the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Secretariat of the bloc.

The seminar will be attended by Ambassador Donna Forde, Deputy Secretary General of Caricom’s Directorate of External and Community Relations, and Annita Montoute, Acting Director of the Institute of International Relations (IRI) of the University of Caricom.

CARICOM Today stated that a panel discussion chaired by Barbados’ Ambassador to the Community, David Comissiong, former UWI Acting Director and IIR Professor Mark Kirton, and UWI Senior Coordinator Michele Lowe would begin at 17:00 local time.

Other participants will be former Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica Jose Francisco Piedra and Dr. Kai-Ann Skeete, Researcher at the Shridath Ramphal Center for International Trade, among other guests.

Throughout these years, that integrationist bloc and Cuba have deepened relations based on solidarity and cooperation.

December 6 will mark the 50th anniversary of relations with the first four independent Caribbean States: Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago.

These countries established diplomatic ties with Havana in 1972, after gaining their independence from the United Kingdom and in open defiance of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade.

CARICOM emerged on July 4, 1973, with the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas by 14 countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Monserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.


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7th Japan-Cuba national friendship meeting met in Tokyo

Tokyo, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) Japanese representatives of the friendship movement with Cuba held their 7th National Meeting in this capital, the Cuban embassy reported.

During the event, held at the embassy, the participants paid tribute to Fidel Castro within the framework of the sixth anniversary of his passing on November 25th.

“The humanist work of Commander in Chief, Fidel Castro, is a moral benchmark. His work in defense of independence and national sovereignty, as well as his contribution to international peace and just causes in the world, continue to encourage the new generations of Cubans,’ highlighted Ambassador Miguel Angel Ramirez.

The ambassador also thanked the innumerable gestures of frienship of the Japanese people and institutions in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and the tightening of the blockade imposed by the United States.

The Japanese attendees recognized the resistance of the Cuban people in the face of the challenges and ratified their support for Cuba´s sovereignty and independence.

They also discussed the cultural and identity ties between the two countries and the stigmas in the Western media treatment of the Cuban reality, among other topics.

“We believe that the struggle of the Cuban people is firmly linked to all the peoples of the world who fight the tyrannical domination, oppression and exploitation of great powers,” said Yasuhiro Tanaka, international director of the Solidarity Committee with Asia, Africa and Latin America, in a letter.

On the same line, the president of the Japan-Cuba Friendship Association, Masahiro Kudo, restated the importance of the Cuban Revolution and the will to further strengthen the ties of solidarity with the people of Cuba.


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Canadian brigade reaffirms solidarity with Cuba

Havana, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Canada´s ¨Calixto Garcia¨ Solidarity Brigade paid a visit to Cuba in order to express their support and be more acquainted with Cuba´s history and culture.

The brigade, received on Monday in Holguin province and also named after a famous Cuban patriot born in that territory, will conduct an in-depth agenda including visits to Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba provinces.

For about 15 days, the brigade members will have the chance of sharing insights at historical and patrimonial sites in eastern Cuba such as Playitas de Cajobabo, the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery and the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, Baracoa city and also at far-flung communities in Moa and Pinares de Mayari, as reported by the Cuban News Agency (ACN).

As is traditional in these solidarity groups, the brigade members will carry out volunteer work and hand over donations, especially school basics and medical supplies as a prove of their support to the Cuban people.


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Mexican Congress pays tribute to Fidel Castro

Mexico City, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) A heartfelt tribute was paid on Thursday by the Mexican Congress to Fidel Castro at the opening of a photographic exhibition organized by the Parliamentary Group of Friends of Cuba headed by Congressman Ruben Moreira.

The exhibition for the 6th anniversary of Fidel Castro´s death gathers over a hundred pictures of remarkable moments in Commander-in-Chief and leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro´s life and work.

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Yeidckol Polevnsky, vice-president of the parliamentary group, presented the exhibition reported by manifold journalists from national media, and illustrated it with passages from the life of the Cuban revolutionary and his political thought.

Moreira made some anecdotes of meetings with Fidel Castro, and in particular on a trip of Fidel to Coahuila in 2006 as he served as governor and donated three ophthalmologic hospitals.

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Cuban Ambassador Marcos Rodriguez closed the ceremony with deep gratitude for the homage to the eternal and undefeated Commander in Chief, the recognition of Polevnsky´s and Moreira´s words, and in particular to the group of friends that brings together representatives of nearly all political parties.

Rodríguez was especially grateful for their solidarity ahead of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, the condemnations by legislators to this crime against humanity, as well as the support in the recent vote at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) where the world called the White House to lift its hostile blockade.


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Cuba boosts friendly ties and cooperation with Bahamas

Havana, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Wednesday reiterated Cuba’s will to sustain the existing ties of friendship and cooperation between his country and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

On Twitter, he recalled the 48th anniversary of bilateral ties on November 30, 1974.

Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero visited the Bahamas in August within the franework of the 1st Regional Meeting of Heads of Government of the Caribbean, and agreed with Bahamian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments, and Aviation, Chester Cooper on the relevance of expanding bilateral cooperation.

On that occasion, both parties ratified the unity between both countries and the excellent state of their relations.

The Bahamas has voted year after year at the United Nations General Assembly in favor of the lifting of the blockade imposed on Cuba by the Government of the United States.


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Cubans and Vietnamese, firm on path traced by Fidel Castro

Hanoi, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Six years after the death of Fidel Castro, Cubans and Vietnamese remain firm on the path of independence, sovereignty, dignity, and socialism traced by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Nguyen Viet Thao said on Friday.

Both peoples, parties, and governments have cultivated the tree of brotherhood, fraternity, help, and exemplary cooperation, which is the best way to pay tribute to the Commander-in-Chief, the permanent vice-president of the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association stressed.

At an event held at the headquarters of the island’s diplomatic mission in Hanoi, Viet Thao said that Vietnamese people have the custom of gathering at home with the family to commemorate the death anniversaries of the deceased.

That is why, he said, we gather here this Friday as brothers to recall a leader who drew the political map of the contemporary world, different from the one written before by the colonialists and imperialists, and who is revered by the Vietnamese generation after generation.

He also recalled the visit, in September 1973, of the Commander-in-Chief to Vietnam in the middle of the war; the first and only one made at that time by any head of State or Government, the Vietnamese leader underlined before describing the event as the highest symbol of revolutionary internationalism.

Fidel’s presence among the Vietnamese combatants was a stimulus, for the troops who marched south in search of the definitive victory; continues to give us inspiration and strength, now in the tasks to make socialism stronger, he said.

As part of the tribute to Fidel Castro, fragments of a speech delivered during his first visit to Vietnam were screened.

Both countries’ revolutions were described as events of historical importance and an enormous contribution to the cause of the international revolutionary movement.


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Venezuela opens tourism offices in Russia, Mexico, Cuba and Iran

Caracas, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Venezolana de Turismo announced the opening of commercial offices in Russia, Mexico, Cuba and Iran in the framework of the International Tourism Fair (FITVen), held in Anzoategui state on its third day on Saturday.

This initiative seeks to position the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as a megadiverse, inclusive, peaceful and open to future destinations, under the policies promoted by the Maduro administration in order to turn tourism into one of its main economic engines.

To achieve this, Venezuelan Minister of Tourism, Ali Padron, met on Friday with Cuban First Deputy Minister of Tourism Maria del Carmen Orellana.

Padron tweeted that they spoke about strategies to strengthen tourism amid great hardships posed by sanctions and the pandemic.

“Cuba, fraternal friend of Venezuela,” Padron wrote.

Leticia Gomez, Venezuela´s deputy minister of International Tourism, and Dagoberto Rodriguez, Cuban ambassador to Caracas, also participated in this dialogue.


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Friendship between Cuba and Russia acknowledged

Moscow, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador to the Russian Federation Julio Garmendia on Friday presented the friendship medal to the veteran and first vice president of the Russia-Cuba Friendship Association, Mikhail Makaruk.

The ceremony took place in the Cuban Embassy after a meeting with members of groups of friendship with Cuba in Russia, in the framework of the sixth anniversary of the physical disappearance of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

By decree of President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel and at the proposal of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Makaruk received the medal for his outstanding activity in strengthening ties of fraternity, cooperation and mutual aid between the two peoples.

The provision also states that the medal to this friend of Cuba is an acknowledgment of his support for the strengthening and deepening of ties with the Cuban people, as well as for his outstanding participation in campaigns in defense of the Revolution.

Makaruk, for his part, expressed gratitude for Cuba’s gesture and said that President Diaz-Canel’s recent visit and the inauguration, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin, of a statue of Fidel Castro in downtown Moscow, marked a step towards the future that will serve as a guide to the new generations.

The Russian activist recalled the words of the Cuban leader when he expressed that “together we will win,” a phrase that, in his opinion, symbolizes the friendship and collaboration between Havana and Moscow.

Also present at the emotional ceremony were the directors of the Fidel Castro Center in Havana, Rene Gonzalez Barrios, and of the Fidel Castro Foundation for the Development of Russian-Cuban Relations, Leonid Savin.


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