Concerns lead operator to reject Cuba

Concerns lead operator to reject Cuba

BRITISH Airways Holidays has rejected Cuba as a destination for its Worldwide brochure due to continuing concerns about poor health and safety standards.

Despite it being hailed as one of the major growth markets from the UK, the operator said the risks were too great to feature the destination.

Head of Worldwide Stephen Rhodes warned that the Caribbean island could turn out to be the next Dominican Republic.

"We simply do not think the accommodation is up to scratch," said Rhodes.

"Many people have become ill since it opened up for the tourists and I believe that Cuba could be another Dominican Republic if it is not careful."

He said that a further inspection of the country would probably take place towards the end of the year.

Meanwhile, accommodation in Egypt, which Rhodes said had rarely met customer's expectations, has since been upgraded.

"Since the Luxor massacre happened, the country has taken action to not only improve security but also to improve other aspects which needed addressing," he said.

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