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Top Travel Destinations for 2017: Staff Picks

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The year of 2016 is drawing to a close, and in these final few days, we’re looking forward to a brand new year full of potential. For the travel industry, 2017 means another year of new and exciting destinations to explore, fantastic resorts and boutique hotels to enjoy, and another opportunity to truly take a vacation and reconnect with yourself. This week, we consulted with our staff of vacation experts and travel junkies to collect their picks for the top travel destinations to look forward to next year. To our surprise, there were both some newcomers and familiar faces in this year’s list!

#1. Cuba

The first travel destination on our list is an obvious one, as it continues to open its doors to American travelers. Cuban tourism is slowly starting to take off, with commercial flights from the U.S. just starting to touch down in Havana late in 2016. One of the largest islands in the Caribbean, Cuba presents an opportunity for new travelers to truly explore a world they’ve never seen before. From the oddly poetic antique cars still lining the streets of Havana, to the pristine shores of Varadero, you must make it a point to travel to Cuba in 2017.

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Starwood Hotels and Resorts to Expand Into Cuba

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Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. has made history today by becoming the first hospitality company to obtain U.S. Treasury Department Authorization to operate in Cuba in the past 60 years. The resort company signed the paperwork to open three new hotels in Havana in 2016.

In addition to the construction of these hotels, Hotel Inglaterra will join The Luxury Collection and Hotel Quinta Avenida will become a Four Points by Sheraton. Both resorts will be cosmeticize and restructured before they raise their new flags in 2016. Starwood has also signed a letter of intent to convert the Hotel Santa Isabel into a member of The Luxury Collection.

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