TripAdvisor gets green light to book Cuba travel
HAVANA – It just got even easier to plan a trip to Cuba.
TripAdvisor can now allow Americans to book travel-related services in Cuba.
While travellers were already able to book a flight directly through JetBlue, for example, or arrange a short-term rental with Airbnb, TripAdvisor is one of the first companies with an expansive license to help travellers (even those based in the United States) plan their dream trips to Cuba.
“At TripAdvisor,” the brand’s senior director of corporate communications, Brian Hoyt, told Travel + Leisure. “We allow you to facilitate the travel booking in multiple ways.”
Now that TripAdvisor can facilitate American bookings to and within Cuba, travellers have a one-stop shop for air travel, hotel room reservations, vacation rentals, and even cultural attractions.
Because US citizens are still prohibited from “straight-up vacationing” in Cuba, as Hoyt puts it, travellers making arrangements through TripAdvisor are required to self-report their reason for visiting Cuba. It remains the responsibility of the US consumer, as has long been the case with Airbnb or charter flights, to honestly declare his or her reasons for visiting.
After indicating which of the 12 entry requirements you fulfill (family visits, journalistic activity, educational activities, and humanitarian projects among others), booking your Cuba travel details will be a familiar process.
“You can book your total [trip] through us,” explained Hoyt, who said Havana remains the most popular destination in Cuba.