News Clips

  The Baltimore Sun: Some Maryland-Based Businesses Look to Cuban Frontier

Before the Cuban Revolution, Maryland’s relationship with the Caribbean island was lots of sugar and spice. Baltimore-based McCormick & Co. and the defunct Baltimore Spice Co. did business there, and when a sugar refinery opened in 1922, a U.S. senator from Maryland called Cuba, with its sugar cane fields, “a suburb of Baltimore.” The refinery has since become Domino, the waterfront landmark. 

Havana Times: Maryland Software Co. Cashes in on Cuba Contracts

The US government has paid Washington Software company $6,691,899.32 since July 2011. The Maryland company designed Piramideo, a social network make for mobile phone users in Cuba. Piramideo’s website states: “Piramideo is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Transmissions to offer Cubans a social media without thematic restrictions.” What in the heck is the Bureau of Transmissions? At best, it’s an awful translation of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG. At worst, it’s meant to deceive users of Piramideo. 

 

CBS BALTIMORE: MARYLAND, COUNTY LEADERS FLY TO CUBA TO CREATE TOURISM TIES

Sixty years is a long time to wait for a flight, but the first non-stop between BWI-Marshall and Havana takes off Wednesday. Alex DeMetrick reports it’s more than history-making: it’s potentially money-making. This summer, before Cuba raised its flag at its embassy in Washington and before the US raised its flag at its embassy in Havana, word came in the spring that BWI was cleared for flights to Cuba.  

 

 

CBS Baltimore: Maryland, County Leaders Fly To Cuba To Create Tourism Ties

Sixty years is a long time to wait for a flight, but the first non-stop between BWI-Marshall and Havana takes off Wednesday. … This summer, before Cuba raised its flag at its embassy in Washington and before the US raised its flag at its embassy in Havana, word came in the spring that BWI was cleared for flights to Cuba. … Right now, BWI is one of only 19 airports in the US cleared to fly to Cuba and that has money-making potential.”  

WMDT: UMES Prof. Weighs in on U.S.-Cuba Economic Benefits

As the relationship between the United States and Cuba seems to be getting better, we’re told down the line we may see private investments from the U.S. into Cuba. In the near future [we’re] told a few tourism industries will likely see an impact. Dr. Vichet Sum, chair and associate professor business, management and accounting at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore says that a better relationship between the two countries will have positive long-term affects on both sides. 

The Baltimore Sun: Obama Eases Restrictions on Cuba Ahead of Trip

The Obama administration on Tuesday further loosened restrictions on travel to Cuba, advancing cultural ties with the Communist island nation days ahead of the president’s trip to Havana. As part of a series of executive actions that will further weaken the decades-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, Americans will now be permitted to travel to the Caribbean country on their own — separate from a sanctioned tour — as long as they complete a form asserting that the trip is for educational purposes, and keep track of their overseas activities. … Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, hailed the announcement. 

The Washington Post: D.C., Maryland and Virginia Officials are Headed to Cuba — Together

Officials from the District, Maryland and Virginia will pile together onto a plane late this week in the name of renewing ties between the U.S. capital area and Havana. The 41-person delegation is scheduled to become the latest in a thickening stream of U.S. politicians and business leaders to visit Cuba since President Obama announced 14 months ago that the United States would reestablish diplomatic relations with the communist nation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryland's Champions

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D)

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D)

Congressman John Delaney (D) Co-Sponsor of H.R. 664 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Congressman John Delaney (D)

Co-Sponsor of H.R. 664 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D) Co-Sponsor of H.R. 664 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D)

Co-Sponsor of H.R. 664 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Senator Benjamin Cardin (D) Co-Sponsor of S 299 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Senator Benjamin Cardin (D)

Co-Sponsor of S 299 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015