News and Deals: May 3, 2012 – Cuba to let its people leave the country?, Philippines’ tourism campaign hopes for boost from social media, Tourism chiefs fear ‘Kiwi Jersey Shore’ and Spirit Airlines raising carry-on bag fee to $100‎

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Cuba to let its people leave the country?

After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a “radical and profound” change is weeks away.

The comment by Parliament Chief Ricardo Alarcon has residents, exiles and policymakers abuzz with speculation that the much-hated exit visa could be a thing of the past, even if Raul Castro’s government continues to limit the travel of doctors, scientists, military personnel and others in sensitive roles to prevent a brain drain.

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Philippines’ tourism campaign hopes for boost from social media
‎CNN International

The Philippines Department of Tourism has a lot to boast about. The country has beautiful beaches, great scuba diving and a culture that is known for its hospitality. What it doesn’t have is a lot of money for a global tourism campaign.

Thankfully, the country’s social media mad population is happy to help. In January, the government launched a campaign with the tagline “It’s More Fun in the Philippines,” openly inviting the country’s bloggers, tweeters and Facebook friends to come up with their own ads.

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Tourism chiefs fear ‘Kiwi Jersey Shore’
‎Herald Sun

GOLD Coast tourism bosses fear a new Kiwi reality TV show about a bunch of young Maoris living and partying on the Glitter Strip could damage its biggest overseas visitor market – New Zealand – by promoting a ‘drug, sex and booze’ stereotype.

The GC, based on controversial US reality TV show Jersey Shore, follows the lives of nine young Maori men and women ‘as they work hard and play even harder in Australias favourite playground, the glittering Gold Coast’, according to the producers.

The stars – termed ‘Mozzies’ or Maori Aussies – are ‘chasing the good life’ and success as musicians, fitness instructors or labourers.

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Spirit Airlines raising carry-on bag fee to $100‎

Putting a bag in the overhead bin will soon cost some Spirit Airlines passengers $100, more than they paid for their tickets.

The Miramar, Fla., airline currently charges $45 for a carry-on bag. As of Nov. 6, customers who pay the fee at the boarding gate will fork over $100. Any bag that needs to fit in the overhead bin is considered a carry-on. A bag that fits under the seat is free.

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By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Also follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook and

One Response

  1. Princess

    Hi Matt! I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and I’m so inspired to satisfy my wanderlust because of your posts! 🙂 I’m just wondering if you’ve ever been to or if you have plans to visit the Philippines? 🙂 Thanks and keep it up!


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