NEW YORK -- For the first time, a Cuban-based tourism official will
attend Caribbean Week here May 28 to 31, hosted by the Caribbean
Orlando Rangel Delgado, the coordinator of international affairs
in Cuba's Ministry of Tourism, secured a U.S. visa to attend the
"This is a historic breakthrough," said Jean Holder, CTO's
secretary general. "We have never before been able to get U.S.
permission for a tourism official from Cuba to attend our New York
Holder said that CTO has tried since Cuba joined CTO in 1992,
but up until now efforts have failed.
In the past, Cuba has been represented at CTO meetings in New
York by its ambassador to the United Nations or other U.S.-based
CTO marks 50 years of Caribbean tourism this year, and Delgado
is one of 50 individuals who will be honored for contributions to
travel and tourism in the region.