Thursday, August 25, 2011

Private Restaurant Focused People to People Trip

Newark company brings Delaware Valley to Cuba
Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 1:18 PM CDT

Creative Travel, Inc of Newark, DE in association with The Center for the Study of Cuban Culture & Economy LLC (The Center), has developed a first-of-its-kind program to bring people from the Delaware Valley to Cuba under the People to People exchange program. Creative Travel, Inc and The Center are the first to delve into the culinary aspects between the two countries and promote the communication between the people of Cuba and our Delmarva region.

The 8-day program will take people from NYC to Havana where they will meet with local Cubans who have opened their own restaurants or caf├ęs and have the opportunity to meet with those people and their chefs in a rare new program that gave the Cuban people the opportunity to be part of free enterprise and even in some cases hire their own employees. The trip will take participants to some of the best private restaurants and local attractions in Havana before heading farther into the countryside and to the towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba.

Bob Older of Creative Travel, Inc said "We are proud to be one of the first travel agencies in the country to offer this unique opportunity to see a wonderful country and meet their people that have come such a long way."

Throughout the trip, travelers will meet with some of the people who have left the security of their jobs to open businesses in Cuba and some of the best chefs in the country and taste their amazing offerings at the restaurants and paladares- small private home restaurants. The Center specializes in studying private entrepreneurship.

Joseph L. Scarpaci, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Cuban Culture & Economy LLC will take the group on a special tour for a day in Havana and present a targeted lecture to the group. Scarpaci said, "We are happy to partner with Creative Travel, Inc and show this unique side of the private sector of Cuba to the American People. I think both sides will come away with a completely different perspective of what they thought they knew about each other."

The trip will also feature three UNESCO World Heritage sites about which Scarpaci has written extensively. Travelers will also visit a private farmer's market, Cuba's most famous ice cream parlor, a local library (where each traveler will have a chance to donate a cookbook to the center), local farms, Cuban music and art, and a special lobster meal and pig roast hosted by local private farmers.

This first trip is scheduled for November 12-19, 2011 and is limited to only 30 people.

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