Travelers can now book hotels in Cuba through global Expedia group websites

May 25, 2017 – Expedia, Inc., the worlds largest online travel company, announced today that travelers can now book hotels in Cuba on its global points of sale, including,, Travelocity, Orbitz, and CheapTickets. Cuba continues to generate interest as a hot destination among travelers; its Ministry of Tourism reported more than four million foreign visitors in 2016, with the biggest increase in visitor numbers from the U.S.

From the colorful and historic streets of Havana and Hemmingways homestead in San Francisco de Pau la, to the cobbled colonial town of Trinidad and beyond, travelers from around the world can today leverage Expedia sites to research and book properties throughout Cuba. With hotel options spanning from the east to the west side of the island, there will be no shortage of accommodations for consumers to choose from, including Pinar Del Rio, Camaguey, and Santiago de Cuba. Expedia has been closely working with local Cuban partners to bring travelers to this widely-anticipated market, and make the hotel booking process as easy as possible.

We’ve been working around the clock with our partners to be able to offer this iconic, culture-rich destination to our global customers, with the added convenience of online booking through a trusted travel partner, said Mario Ribera, vice president of market management for Latin America. As one of the first U.S. companies to offer hotel bookings in Cuba for individual travelers, were well-poised to bring new consumers into the market, further strengthening the value proposition with our partners.

We are excited to make Barcel properties in Cuba accessible to travelers on Expedia platforms around the world, said, Josep Brichs, Corporate Commercial Director for Barcel Hotel Group Latin America. We are very proud Barcel Solymar and Barcel Arenas Blancas in Varadero have been one of the first bookings made on Expedia upon the opening of the destination. Expedia is a key partner and our priority is to develop new opportunities on the international travel industry together.”

Both U.S. and non-U.S. travelers can research and book their Cuba accommodations in compliance with OFAC regulations on Expedia points-of-sale globally with U.S. travelers certifying that their travel falls under one of 12 categories of authorized travel, including family visits, travel for government work, journalism, professional research, humanitarian work and educational activities, and people-to-people educational travel, among others and with non-U.S travelers confirming that they are not subject to U.S. jurisdiction.