To be in with a chance of winning a Green & Black’s hamper filled with chocolate and wine worth £50, enter the competition below before August 10, 2017. Tip: scroll down to read all about Cuba Direct’s homestay initiative in order to answer the question correctly!
The winner will be announced by August 29, 2017.
Cuba is home to picture-perfect beaches, a vibrant arts scene, rich fauna and flora and an absolute treasure trove of architectural delights, and yet its real highlight has always been its people. Warm, friendly, passionate and proud, they play a starring role in any trip to Cuba.
Homestay accommodation – known locally as “casas particulares” – provides an unrivalled opportunity for tourists to immerse themselves in the world of the Cuban people, learning about their lives, sharing stories and making lifelong friends.
Perhaps even more importantly, it allows visitors to give back to the Cuban people. While it’s true that tourists provide a vital source of income for the country, locals themselves see very little of this money unless visitors opt to stay in private homestay accommodation.
Ever since Cuba Direct opened for business in 2002, its founder Miguel Gibson has been a champion of homestay accommodation. He wanted to give back to his country, understanding the positive impact that just one "casa particular" guest can have on the local community.
Of course, the guest will provide income for the host but their reach doesn’t stop there. By having breakfast in the home, he or she will have supported a local market where ingredients were purchased, or even a neighbour whose hens supplied the eggs. What’s more, is the guest will benefit from the tips and local knowledge of their host, taking them to attractions, bars and restaurants off the tourist trail. They’ll not only enjoy a unique insight into Cuban culture but the money they spend will have a far greater, more significant impact on the community than if they'd stuck to the guidebook.
Over the past 15 years, Cuba Direct has built up strong relationships with homestay families and has helped countless communities. Its offices in Cuba help to maintain this friendship and ensure that everyone it works with receives a fair payment. The Cuba specialist also provides regular feedback and training so that homestay families can improve their services and better understand the international market. In turn, they provide outstanding accommodation to Cuba Direct clients, which allows them to “live” Cuba, not just visit it.
For more information on Cuba go to cubadirectdmc.com