The Cuban News Agency showed images of the reception, which included a welcome drink and the presence of the official press, whose journalists interviewed several travelers about “the importance” of the initiative.
He stressed that it was the first Miami-Varadero promotional flight, “which aims to shorten distances between Cuban families.”
In the raffle of more than 500 tickets to Varadero, Villa Clara, Camagüey, Holguín and Santiago de Cubathe company Aerocuba and the travel agency also intervened Cubamaxpoints out the information.
This charter arrived in Varadero on Monday night with 74 awarded passengers.
CELEBRATION OR COMPLICITY WITH THE REGIME?
Giraldo Acosta, executive director of Cubamax, explained to el Nuevo Herald that this raffle is given as “a celebration that we are flying to the regions again, a celebration of President (Joe) Biden making these trips more flexible.”
According to Acosta, Cubamax gave away “the flight of five planes during this weekend, so that between 120 and 125 people per plane can travel completely free to Cuba.”
The flights will go to five regions: Camagüey, Holguín, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba and Varadero.
It is not an open ticket that they can use on any date; but the departure days in Miami are specific:
July 18 for Varadero
July 24 for Santa Clara
August 2 for Camagüey
August 9 for Holguin
Acosta explained that “when President (Donald) Trump restricted flights to Cuba, only flights to Havana were maintained.” For that reason, Cubamax does not include the capital as one of the raffle destinations.
Meanwhile, Gutiérrez-Boronat called for a boycott of the raffle that will take place this Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 at the travel company’s main agency. “The regime centralizes everything, especially the economic one.
Travel agencies in Cuba move with their consent. I am not opposed to a Cuban visiting a relative on the island, but these agencies disrespect the Cuban people. They are insensitive to what Cubans are experiencing in Cuba,” said García Pérez.
As the travel agency prepares its raffle, activists prepare to commemorate the first anniversary of the massive protests in Miami.
García Pérez assured that although they do not expect new protests to be unleashed on the island on July 11, although he is sure that sooner or later “the Cuban people are going to take to the streets again because the problems of a year ago they’ve changed”.
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