When I went to Cuba in June of Of 2016 I immediately realized that Cuba was unlike any other destination I have ever visited. I also realized, despite the challenges since the U.S. government eased travel restrictions to Cuba, consumer interest has grown by leaps and bounds. The Cuban Islands now rank high on the list of up and coming destinations according to the United States Tour Operators Association.
For Travel Agents and those travel professionals who sell Cuba as a travel destination, Cuba can be a travel nightmare because it is still evolving with government regulations, limited hotel accommodations and astronomical price tags.
After many years of being absent from the travel destination map, it is no surprise that Cuba has sprung to the top of the "wish list" for many U.S. Citizens...why--because Cuba was previously a "forbidden" territory and because of that, the allure and unique lifestyle along with the popularity of the custom made cars is a large part of Cuba's appeal today.
A visitor to Cuba will get the impression that they are stepping back in time. For the Travel Agent there are many selling points to this destination, the beauty of the architecture, the unique features of the landscapes, the alluring rhythms of the music, the unique and delicious menu selections, the arts and history of a colonial area and the welcoming friendly disposition of the Cuban people, all add to the appeal of this region.
It's easy to see why so many travelers have placed Cuba at the top of their "bucket list" For me, not only as a Travel Agent, but also as a African American Traveler, I was drawn to the evolution and history of the African Slave trade in Santiago de Cuba.
Before you commit to the expenses of a trip to Cuba. You must ask yourself "Is Cuba the right destination vacation for me".
Audrey Hyman is the owner and CEO of the Hyman Travel Network, a full service travel agency located in the suburbs of Washington, that specializes in cruises and all inclusive vacations