22 Replies Latest reply: Oct 15, 2015 11:37 PM by frente89 RSS

Marriott in Cuba?

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I wonder, based on nothing but speculation, if Marriott is considering opening on the Island of Cuba in the future?  As many of you older folks know, Havana was filled with American run hotels in the 1950's, the most notable being the Havana Hilton, where my cousin played piano before the revolution. After the arrival of Castro the hotel changed name and is still there.  (A fascinating non-fiction look at Cuba and the mob with emphasis on hotels and casinos in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's can be found in Havana Nocturne by T. J. English.)  Of course I needed to immerse myself in all things Cuban when penning Anadyr.

 

Now I understand there are many hotels:  Trip Adviser currently has 71 hotels listed and rated.What would have to happen to make Cuba a Marriott destination? 


    • A Communist government does not eschew capitalism, but sometimes enjoys the dollars that it brings, call that step one.. 
    • The US embargo would need to be lifted, and all laws regarding spending dollars in Cuba suspended. 
    • Big ticket items for sure.
                      • And finally there would need to be a conscious decision to reenter a nation long closed and yet so different.ava


Just my thoughts.  How about yours?

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  • Re: Marriott in Cuba?
    chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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    A great idea, anadyr.  I have Cuba on my list of places to visit.  I know that Virgin Atlantic offer holiday packages there.  So we could fly direct from the UK.  Having a Marriott there would be a bonus.

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      Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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      Much has to happen Chris before the first shovel is turned.  Have fun if you go--I have a list of photos you could take (and avoid being arrested please when you do). Want me to send the list with coordinates?

       

      Just kidding.

       

      Roger

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    anadyr,

     

    There will be Marriott's there!

     

    Cuba is just too much a "Tourist area", not to have them in Cuba.

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      chrisf Alumni Steward Platinum 20 Reviews
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      There don't seem to be any Marriotts in South Africa or New Zealand either.  Any plans for these locations do you think?

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        Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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        Chris, I assume everywhere but North Korea is on the table.

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      phillybased Platinum
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      Excellent news!  On my bucket list ....

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    nuhusker Platinum 2 Reviews
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    "I wonder, based on nothing but speculation, if Marriott is considering opening on the Island of Cuba in the future?"


    Let's hope not!

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      Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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      Never say never--they are opening one in Bolivia in 2016!

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        nuhusker Platinum 2 Reviews
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        There's Marriotts in Vietnam and Red China so I suppose what the hell is the harm is putting one in Cuba too?

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          Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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          Bolivia is also a very socialst nation Husker.

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            nuhusker Platinum 2 Reviews
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            I only know that's where Butch and Sundance bit the dust.

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              Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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              Yeah forgot that. Che was sent away for good there too, must be the altitude or the atitude?

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        iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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        Where, La Paz or Santa Cruz?

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      tomd68 Gold 7 Reviews
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      nuhusker - with the renewed ties to Cuba, what do you think now?  If there was a hotel or MVC there in the future, I'd probably consider it.

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    jasper100 Alumni Steward Platinum 10 Reviews
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    Looks like this former Insider/Steward was on the right track!!!

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      iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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      He always was and is very very missed.

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  • Re: Marriott in Cuba?
    brooklynlobster Silver
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    why  not   i would  love  to  go

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    carat Community Manager Marriott Associate Silver
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    Intriguing thread!  With all of the changes in Cuba, I'd love to see what the community has to say. 

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      tomd68 Gold 7 Reviews
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      There's probably a ton of interest from all the major hotel chains as the area will be ripe for redevelopment.  Ariel Castro will soon discover that he can not only lead the country, but get rich doing it, so businesses will start heading there in the next few years or so I'd guess.  There's probably plenty of beach front land that would be perfect for a Marriott Vacation Club or Marquis.  I'm not sure about the geography there, but much of the southern part of the island is completely undeveloped and beaches are wide open, although the infrastructure isn't there.  On the northeastern side though, south of the Bahamas, it is.  Doesn't "Marriott Playa Santa Lucia" or the "Marriott at Santa Maria Cay" sound inviting?  Google Maps

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    mrkfl239 Member
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    SInce the recent developments in access to to the island, much attention has been drawn into this situation. Please understand, Marriott International wants nothing more than to provide the best possible guest experience, period.

    When the time is right, the correct moves will be made. I personally have a very deep passion for this project as my property is in close proximity to this island.

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    brightlybob Platinum 10 Reviews
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    I would fully expect that all the major chains, Marriott included have already made policy decisions concerning Cuba much earlier in the thaw and are now researching the where and how's... The only thing that will delay matters are political, will Cuba release the land and on what terms, and more critically, will the thaw survive future changes of government on either side?

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    frente89 Gold
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    I'm ready.  I am fairly certain my firm will open an office in Cuba.  I'm hoping Marriott has a presence there by the time the office opens.  Cuba still seems so exotic to me.  Here's hoping!

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