RCI Becomes First Timeshare Exchange Company to Offer Travel Options to Cuba
PHOTO: Havana, Cuba (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock).
Through an alliance with Cuba Travel Services, Wyndham Worldwide's RCI has become the first timeshare exchange to offer U.S. members travel packages to Cuba.
Starting this summer, RCI Platinum members in the U.S. will be able to book five- and seven-night rental packages.
The educational tour packages, designed and operated by Cuba Travel Services, will include charter flights to Havana from Miami, accommodations in Havana and Varadero, educational activities and select meals.
Members will also receive assistance with necessary travel documents and license requirements.
The exchange's motivation for offering the packages is simple, according to RCI president Gordon Gurnik.
"We know people are looking for ways to visit, with new data from MMGY Global reporting that 19 percent of all U.S. adults said they would consider taking a vacation to Cuba within the next two years," said Gurnik in a statement. "With that type of enthusiasm, we wanted to give RCI Platinum members a way to experience this new destination with this initial tour program."
Historical and cultural attractions featured in the pilot itineraries include Revolution Square, artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster's studio, Ernest Hemingway's museum at Finca Vigia, the marina at Cayo Blanco and local farms, among other sites.
RCI said that Platinum members in the U.S. will be contacted about travel opportunities to Cuba this summer.
Moving forward, assuming the program is popular and successful, the company plans to add new dates and eventually offer the trips to additional RCI members.
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