HAVANA -- Cuba's national telecom company, ETECSA, selected the Cuba Travel Network to provide online hotel booking technology for the telecom company's travel Web site.

The decision means that visitors to the site at www.cubasi.cu may soon be able to book more than 100 Cuban hotels in 14 localities.

Eddie Lubbers, president of Cuba Travel Network, said its ETECSA affiliation "will position ETECSA as one of Cuba's key Internet distributors. Being able to book hotels online in real time is very unusual in Cuba."

For U.S. citizens, the new booking capability is subject to regulations administered by the U.S. Treasury Dept. that restrict who can legally travel to Cuba.

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