This week, the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show comes from Newark Liberty International Airport and the launch of United’s first nonstop service between Newark and Havana, Cuba. Joining Peter Greenberg will be Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly, with a report on the current tourism experience in Cuba and what it may look like six months from now, especially in the wake of Castro’s death. United executives Stephen Morrissey, who is in charge of regulatory policy at United, will explain how Cuba-U.S. negotiations produced the Newark to Havana route, and the challenges the airline faced in the process. Greg Geronemus, Co-CEO of smarTours, talks about the changing nature of Cuban tourism for Americans, the infrastructure challenges (hotel rooms, transportation, even bathrooms) for what is expected to be an explosion of U.S. travelers. Laura Redman from Condé Nast Traveler discusses the rapid changes on the ground, in the air, and on the water in the once-forbidden destination. There’s all of this and more as the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show broadcasts from the Newark Liberty International Airport.
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Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly, discusses what the tourist experience is like in Cuba and what it will look like in the near future.
David Hilfman, United Continental Holdings, Inc., SVP, Worldwide Sales, shears his excitement about the new gate to Cuba at the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, and talks about the interesting history of the embargo on traveling to Cuba.
Greg Geronemus, Co-CEO, of smarTours, joins the show to talk about the high demand for hotel rooms and Cuba’s infrastructure problem as more people from America begin to travel there.
Stephen Morrissey, Vice President of Regulatory and Policy at United Airlines, goes into detail about the technical aspect of international aviation and how they deal with the biggest challenges regarding policy regulations on Cuba.
Isel Garcia, Coordinator for United Airlines, opens up about her feelings on the death of Fidel Castro and her excitement on her first trip back to Cuba, and how she cannot wait to see the country she left 46 years ago.
Laura Redman of Condé Nast Traveler talks to us about the rapid changes she has seen in Cuba since the commercial flights from America have become available. She also shares her opinion on how she believes the Cuban people will handle the influx of people that will be coming to Cuba by cruise lines and commercial fights.
By Leah Fajardo for Petergreenberg.com