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Wonder if Tui will expand their coverage to some of the destinations previously serviced by TC.
For example, I was surprised at how little coverage Tui now have in Cuba. As far as I can see, they only fly to Varadero from Gatwick with a limited choice of hotel - we had been to Holguin 3 times with Tui in the past.
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My friends daughter had a holiday booked with TC to Cuba for next year, paid in full so is awaiting her refund. Hopefully, as you say, TUI will expand their holidays to Cuba.
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Brewerdave and Glynis, I don't know why but TUI have been progressively reducing their Cuba destinations and I'm not confident that they'll change that strategy now. They seem to be concentrating on the Western end of Cuba and the Cayos and one of the consequences of the Thomas Cook collapse is that Guardalavaca is simply going to be devoid of UK tourists because the transfer times from any international airport Cuba other than Holguin will be unattractive. Whether Tui pulled out of flights to Holguin because Guardalavaca was an increasingly unattractive destination for UK tourists that was difficult to sell I don't know.

I do wonder whether one of the reasons why they have pulled out of the eastern resorts is because places like Varadero and the Western Cayos are much easier to sell overnight trips to Havana from and make money out of them. Either way, I think this means that fewer UK tourists will discover the delights of Santiago, especially since Cuba has now disappeared off most of the cruise itineraries again since Trump upped the ante in the Embargo once more. The American cruise lines have all dropped Cuba and even other non-US owned lines seem to no longer be able to fly people into Florida and sail from there. I see that for next year Fred Olson have started including Cuba amongst their Caribbean cruises but interestingly they will flying passengers into Barbados for embarkation

As for me, I'm still hoping to get to Cuba next March - I was booked on Thomas Cook flights but I'm covered by the ATOL licence of the small TO I book these holidays with. So whilst I won't be out of pocket financially I'm probably gping to be stuck with a far less convenient journey. As I'm retired, it doesn't make a great deal of difference having to possibly add an extra night in Havana on each end of the holiday nor does the added cost of that put such a holiday out of my reach but for people who are still working it will either mean having to take more than just 2 weeks off work or else lose out on possibly 2 days of the dance holiday. In the longer term I wonder for just how much longer this small TO will be able to keep their dance holidays to Santiago viable now that the travel arrangements will be so much more complicated for most UK travellers.
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SMa, does any of our European neighbours have holidays to Cuba? I was just wondering if you could fly into & from Germany for instance?
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Glynis - I've looked at flying via Toronto in the past - adding an extra night at start and finish of holiday - then it was more expensive and fiddly -but I suppose it might be a goer for the committed Cubaphile!
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Hi Glynis and Brewerdave, yes, Condor are still flying into Holguin from Frankfurt and the dates and prices for March aren't too bad. It would mean arriving and departing a day earlier which means losing the last day of the holiday plus an overnight stay in Frankfurt at the beginning because their flights leave at 9.20am. And it is relatively easy to fly to Frankfurt from Edinburgh. For the moment that's looking like the best bet weighing up convenience against cost. Unless you pay an absolute fortune, most flights via Toronto also involve a 2nd stop somewhere in Central America or the Caribbean - I have no wish to travel via Panama City! :-)

For the moment, I'm waiting to hear what the TO comes with because if there are a small group of us all travelling together that makes it more comforting if there are problems on route re connections etc.
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