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#TravelSkills 2015-01-16: #Cuba

KirstenAlana
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Q1 Would you go to #Cuba for a vacation this winter if you could? For how long? Why? #TravelSkills

cjmcginnis
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replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana thanks for joining us today, Kirsten! Gracias! #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

replying to @cjmcginnis @cjmcginnis My pleasure Chris! #TravelSkills #Cuba

KirstenAlana
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RT @fodorstravel: A1.2: Our Cuba travel guide has more great tips and itinerary suggestions: http://t.co/CkyzDiJ41E #TravelSkills http://t.…

KirstenAlana
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Q2 What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about travel to #Cuba? #TravelSkills

MatadorNetwork
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replying to @KirstenAlana @kirstenalana A2) an element of mystery. It's been under lock and key for so long. We can't wait to check it out ourselves! #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

replying to @MatadorNetwork @MatadorNetwork That's what I'm thinking. I know the cliches but I also want to dig deeper. #TravelSkills #cuba

PointsWithACrew
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replying to @MatadorNetwork @MatadorNetwork @kirstenalana There's something about the mystery of not being "Allowed" to go that makes you want to! #travelskills

KirstenAlana

replying to @PointsWithACrew @PointsWithACrew @MatadorNetwork I couldn't agree more. #TravelSkills #Cuba

NJFPR
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replying to @KirstenAlana A2 @KirstenAlana Stunning architecture with colorful facades, amazing music, delicious food. #travelskills

Northstalgia
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replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana Vintage cars. How very classy! #travelskills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @Northstalgia One of my favorite things. RT @Northstalgia: @KirstenAlana Vintage cars. How very classy! #travelskills #cuba

KirstenAlana
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RT @NJFPR: A2 @KirstenAlana Stunning architecture with colorful facades, amazing music, delicious food. #travelskills

KirstenAlana

replying to @druchunas @druchunas That's how I feel too! #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

Q3 Which airlines do you think will be the first to offer commercial flights to #Cuba? Why? #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

replying to @jayforce @jayforce I feel the same way. #TravelSkills #Cuba

KirstenAlana
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RT @PointsWithACrew: @MatadorNetwork @kirstenalana There's something about the mystery of not being "Allowed" to go that makes you want to!…

KirstenAlana

replying to @Bairdtravels @Bairdtravels But you can already go, yes? #TravelSkills #Cuba

KirstenAlana
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A3. I'd love to see @JetBlue get in the Cuba airfare game. Direct from NYC please :) #TravelSkills

MatadorNetwork
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replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana YESSSSSSSS agree! It would help give good press despite their recent changes #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

replying to @MatadorNetwork @MatadorNetwork It sure would. A good move for @JetBlue if they do it. #TravelSkills #Cuba

TravelMaestro
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Just read that's likelyRT @KirstenAlana: A3. I'd love to see @JetBlue get in the Cuba airfare game. Direct from NYC please :) #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @TravelMaestro @TravelMaestro @JetBlue I hope so. They're already very committed to the Caribbean. Seems a natural fit. #TravelSkills #Cuba

KirstenAlana
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RT @cjmcginnis: @TravelSkills TIP @Skift has a great post on which airlines have their eyes on Cuba http://t.co/AFfcMjPjZF #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

Q4 Do you think opening up #Cuba to Americans will improve or degrade the Cuban travel experience? Why? #TravelSkills

cjmcginnis
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Q4 Do you think opening up #Cuba to Americans will improve or degrade the Cuban travel experience? Why? #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @cjmcginnis I'm a little worried it will degrade. MT @cjmcginnis #TravelSkills

SBinLondon
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replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana @cjmcginnis Same. I hope the individual spirit of the casitas and guesthouses flourish and this type of. #Travelskills

fodorstravel
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replying to @SBinLondon @SBinLondon @KirstenAlana @cjmcginnis Agreed! We love the flavor and experience of the guesthouses. #travelskills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @fodorstravel @fodorstravel I'd still prefer a guest house now, even though other options will develop. @SBinLondon @cjmcginnis #TravelSkills

SBinLondon
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replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana @cjmcginnis ...infrastructure grows instead of being replaced by resorts that exploit locals and turn Cuba. #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @SBinLondon @SBinLondon @cjmcginnis I have those same hopes! #TravelSkills #cuba

SBinLondon
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replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana @cjmcginnis ...into a polished resort island for lux tourists #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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RT @travelskills: 5 of #Cuba's best hotels, via @IBTimes http://t.co/xaWgAlMwxA #TravelSkills

cjmcginnis
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@TravelSkillsTIP As of today Americans can use credit cards in #Cuba. And bring home cigars ☺ #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @cjmcginnis Love this Cuba photo! MT @cjmcginnis #TravelSkills

CharlesMcCool
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replying to @KirstenAlana beautiful RT @KirstenAlana Love this Cuba photo! MT @cjmcginnis #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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Q5 Aside from beaches and Cuba Libres, what else would you seek on a trip to #Cuba? What would you bring back? #TravelSkills

Cubannator
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replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana How much does the Castro propaganda machine pay you? #Cuba #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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RT @fodorstravel: @SBinLondon @KirstenAlana @cjmcginnis Agreed! We love the flavor and experience of the guesthouses. #travelskills

KirstenAlana

replying to @Karolinachic @Karolinachic @cjmcginnis I agree. #TravelSkills #cuba

AKTravel_USA
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A5. Best thing to bring back and share with others is a better understanding of the Cuban people, culture, way of life. #travelskills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @AKTravel_USA @AKTravel_USA Soo true. Great answer. #TravelSkills #cuba

KirstenAlana
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RT @AKTravel_USA: A5. Best thing to bring back and share with others is a better understanding of the Cuban people, culture, way of life. #…

KirstenAlana
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Q6 What is your favorite Cuban dish or food item? What's your favorite Cuban restaurant in the US? #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @KirstenAlana A6. We have what I think is a fantastic Cuban restaurant here in Astoria, Queens: Latin Cabana. I love it. #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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A6. But my favorite place to enjoy Cuban food in the USA is Miami: http://t.co/1qSZCyZ7PY #travelskills

CharlesMcCool
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replying to @KirstenAlana Absolutely (and Tampa!) RT @KirstenAlana A6. my favorite place to enjoy Cuban food in USA is Miami: #travelskills

KirstenAlana
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RT @CharlesMcCool: Absolutely (and Tampa!) RT @KirstenAlana A6. my favorite place to enjoy Cuban food in USA is Miami: #travelskills http:/…

KirstenAlana
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Q7 Do you think normalizing diplomatic relations with #Cuba will be good or bad thing? Why? #TravelSkills

MatadorNetwork
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replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana We are all for creating peaceful ties and promoting cultural interaction #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @MatadorNetwork Same here! RT @MatadorNetwork: @KirstenAlana We are all for creating peaceful ties and promoting cultural interaction #TravelSkills #cuba

KatkaTravels
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replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana the best are in the regional hoods. There are a lot on LI too in places people consider "ghetto." Their loss! #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

replying to @KatkaTravels @KatkaTravels Agreed. Their loss. Our gain! #travelskills

travelskills
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Q7 Do you think normalizing diplomatic relations with #Cuba will be good or bad thing? Why? #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

replying to @travelskills Ultimately a good thing. But kinks to work out. MT @travelskills #TravelSkills

sassygirlcanada
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replying to @theplanetd @theplanetd @KirstenAlana Cool! #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @sassygirlcanada @sassygirlcanada @theplanetd I like Latin Cabana on Steinway in Astoria! #NYC #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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Q8 Do you think #Cuba can handle the demand from Americans eager to see it? #TravelSkills

sassygirlcanada
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replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana A8. I hope so. It's such a beautiful country, and I have been very lucky to vacation there many times. #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana
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replying to @sassygirlcanada @sassygirlcanada Blessed indeed. To get to go there before all this change! #Cuba #travelskills

sassygirlcanada

replying to @KirstenAlana @KirstenAlana exactly! It's been a fantastic place to travel. I'll be curious to see how this change affects future trips. #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

Q9 Which Caribbean island are you most eager to visit? Why? #TravelSkills

sassygirlcanada
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replying to @FoodTravelist @FoodTravelist @KirstenAlana You HAVE to go. It's a beautiful place to visit. The beaches and ocean are spectacular! #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

replying to @sassygirlcanada @sassygirlcanada @FoodTravelist Thanks Sandy! Good to have the confirmation! #TravelSkills

KirstenAlana

Q10 Do you think that US Congress will lift the trade embargo on #Cuba this year? Why or why not? #TravelSkills