Gilbert Chamber-sponsored trips to Cuba a hot ticket
The trips to Cuba sponsored by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce are so popular throughout the state that 40 more seats have been added in addition to the 55 that have been sold.
"We have travelers from several communities across the state, including Sun City, Surprise, Anthem, Cave Creek, Tucson, Flagstaff, several from Phoenix, and even a couple from Nevada," chamber spokeswoman Sarah Watts told The Republic. "We have received an overwhelmingly positive response with little criticism. Tourism is not new to Cuba -- but travel to Cuba is new to Americans."
Two "Discover Cuba" expeditions will depart Oct. 2 and Oct. 16 and cost $3,799 per person based on double occupancy; $600 single traveler supplement. The package includes round trip, nonstop air from Los Angeles to Havana, eight nights in first-class hotels, 21 meals, sightseeing excursions, Cuba entry visa, Cuban medical insurance, and all taxes and fuel surcharges.
A no-obligation informational session about the trip will be at 5:30 p.m. April 26 at chamber headquarters, 119 N. Gilbert Road.
While travel to Cuba has been open to international travel, this is the first time in almost 50 years that U.S. travelers have been able to visit.
"I think part of the popularity of this trip is the opportunity to experience a country that has long been off limits," Watts said. "I think it is also appealing to travelers that the trip is organized by a reputable travel company, Chamber Explorations, and travelers can trust that the trip has been well planned. ...The experience will be true to the culture with outings that will expose travelers to local artists and craft workers and to sites that will share Cuba's history from Cuba's point of view."
To learn more or to register for the informational meeting, contact Watts at 480-892-0056, Ext. 104, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. View the itinerary at www.gilbertaz.com.
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