Happy Easter Everyone!
We have just returned from two weeks in Occitanie and Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and feeling completely jet lagged. And it is a wet, cloudy Easter weekend here at followsummer HQ. How are you spending your Easter long weekend?
Travel Industry Reacts to President Trump’s New Crackdown on Cuba
In a move that’s being described by some in the travel industry as catering to southern Florida’s hard-liners in advance of the 2020 presidential elections, the Trump administration has announced harsh new Cuba sanctions and travel policy changes. The administration is largely reversing Obama-era engagement policies toward the Caribbean island nation, while also describing its latest actions as an attempt to increase pressure on Cuba’s government in response to its support of the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela.
Canadians Part of Brazil’s New Visa Waiver Program
Brazil’s government will waive visa requirements for visiting citizens from the U.S., Australia, Canada and Japan beginning June 17, officials at Embratur, the Brazil Tourism Board, announced this week. The exemptions are part of an earlier-announced government initiative to significantly increase the South American nation’s annual visitor arrivals.
Travelers with valid passports for leisure, business or artistic travel, or trips related to sporting activities or “exceptional situations for national interest,” will be eligible to enter Brazil visa-free for stays lasting up to 90 days. The exemption is also valid for tourists in transit in Brazil. The 90-day stays can be extended up to 180 days every 12 months.
Dublin Port to Restrict Cruise Ships Calls in 2021
Cruise tourism contributes 50 million euros per year to Irish tourism but that number is slated to decline significantly in 2021 as the Dublin Port Company recently announced it will reduce the number of cruise ships docking in Ireland’s capital city.
Dublin hosted 150 cruise ships in 2018 and more than 160 ships are scheduled to visit the port in 2019. But beginning in 2021 that number will be cut by more than half to 80 cruise ships, say Dublin port officials, who attribute the planned reduction to a one-third increase in cargo shipping volume since 2012.