Why Cuba? Traveltalk spoke to Cox & Kings product manager Lindsay Cowan to find out why Cuba should be on your bucket list (and why you’ll get cred from going there – especially with your American friends).
What makes Cuba different from other destinations?
Cuba is unrivalled as a unique and intriguing destination. Segregated for years from the west, this hospitable Caribbean island nation is like a step into the past. Classic American cars, glamorous cabaret shows, intoxicating Cuban music and even the state of decay of some of the colonial buildings all add to the charm and character of this enigmatic country.
How difficult is Cuba to access (flights/visas) for Aussies?
A tourist visa is required, but simply obtained with the assistance of Visa Direct and the like. There are no flights direct from the US, so entry from Australia is generally via Mexico or Panama. Routes via Latin America are also available. The only issue is that if you travel via North America, your airline tickets between, say Mexico and Havana do need to be on a completely separate PNR & Air travel document.
How would an Aussie agent sell Cuba to a potential client?
Cuba is a safe, exotic destination offering travellers an excellent mix of recreation from spectacular beaches to tropical jungles which are perfect for hiking; a rich and fascinating history and a vibrant, colourful culture.
Are there any fam opportunities or specialist training for Australian agents?
Both Cox & Kings and sister company Explore Worldwide offer a range of different itineraries to Cuba and welcome enquiries for agents to travel on our regular departures at discounted rates. Discovering Cuba in this manner gives the best educational experience. In addition, our reservations team and our comprehensive pre-tour information and country information are also good resources for agents.