Cuba Ventures Corp., through its wholly owned travel division, Travelucion SL., signs DA with GDS integration specialist Booketea. USA based equity partner Travel Agency IBTO submits lease for new agency premises on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
November 3, 2017
Vancouver, BC - Cuba Ventures Corp. (TSX-V: CUV) (OTCBB: MPSFF) (the "Company") Travel Division - is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement ("DA") with Booketea for bilateral GDS integration into all 432 of the company's propriety Cuba-Centric websites. Booktea is Europe's leading travel industry IT specialist, having deployed similar GDS booking Technology for Segway Trip Inc, Fred Olsen Ferries, and Spa wellplus. This DA will empower the company's wholly owned, licensed and bonded subsidiary, Travelucion SL., with access to 1000s of real-time Cuba travel offers from the Amadeus GDS, along with varied worldwide GDS affiliates. The company projects significantly increased revenues from its travel division when the GDS travel offers are live. Initial studies of feasible GDS derived Cuba travel offers of; Flights, Hotels & Package deals, currently not available on the company's websites, such as recently updated www.Havanatur.com, will increase available offers by 70% but, more importantly, packages and flights tend to be big ticket items, thus promising a huge increase in travel revenues for the company once Booketea has successfully concluded the deployment across the whole proprietary 432 Cuba websites.
Booketea definitive agreement
The company owns possibly the world's largest network of Cuba digital media assets, 432 Cuba-centric websites generating approximately 35 million visitors annually, and selling Cuba travel services from multiple associate sources. The Global Distribution System (GDS) is a worldwide travel distribution network operated by, amongst others, Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport. Most travel offers displayed on famous retail travel websites are rebranded offers from the GDS, displayed as proprietary offers by travel marketers worldwide. Through this definitive agreement with Booketea, the company will create a bilateral channel to the GDS, also allowing worldwide sales on third party websites of services originating from ourselves, while likewise displaying offers from third parties under a commissionable structure on the company's propriety websites. This is an important step, especially for the nascent U.S market, where over 90% of travel offers displayed on travel websites are derived from a GDS related source. Being a GDS supplier and retailer, aligns the company with the two major U.S travel giants, allowing its Cuba Travel offers to be transparently distributed by these when it is legal, under U.S law, for them to do so. This agreement includes the previously signed water sports distribution agreement with Enjoysea.com which is co-owned by Booketea management.
The financial terms of the agreement include a 6 month rollout term, allied to an immediate payment of 100,000 Euros to Booketea, followed by a second payment of 75,000 Euros once the GDS feed is successfully deployed, functioning and receiving paid live bookings.
Cuba Ventures Corp recently acquired equity in travel partner IBTO, a fully licensed and bonded travel agency registered in Florida USA. Management of IBTO submitted a request on 01 November 2017, for a one year renewable lease of physical agency premises on Miami Beach´s emblematic Lincoln Road. Under license from Travelucion, the office shall operate under the name Travelucion Miami.
About Cuba Ventures Corp.:
Cuba Ventures Corp. is a publicly traded Canadian company capitalizing on the growth and unique opportunities in the USD 3.5 billion per year Cuban travel and tourism industry. Travelucion, a wholly owned subsidiary, is a digital media and marketing company which owns a vast portfolio of Cuba related websites and online portals providing Cuba travel information in up to six languages, featuring individual web assets for Cuba's popular cities and towns, online booking solutions and online reservations through proprietary software, catering to international visitors to Cuba. Travelucion's online travel division is a duly licensed retail travel supplier handling millions of dollars in sales annually.
Cuba Ventures Corp has acquired an equity interest in a Florida, the USA domiciled, licensed and bonded travel agency which specializes in travel to Cuba. This equity ownership permits the company and, its subsidiary Travelucion, to promote U.S compliant travel packages to Americans citizens through its equity partner International Business & Travel Opportunities, LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Travelucion's 432 Cuba focused multilingual websites generate over 35 million page-views per year, directing traffic to the company's online booking and e-commerce sites. These online websites cover all facets of Cuba including over 80 travel destinations, hotels & resorts, bed & breakfast, tours, car rentals, restaurants, as well as Cuban culture, history, music, celebrities, sports, medical treatments and more.
Cuba Ventures FinTech division is embracing world renowned entities to bring together a global force to stimulate Cuba's archaic economic systems. Financing of both internal and external debt, blockchain deployment - across the all important private enterprises and remittance industry are primary objectives of this division. Finally, bridge loans for foreign enterprises who receive Cuban bank payment instruments will enable faster transactions and rapid advances in the economy.
Cuba Ventures consulting division harnesses over 60 years of combined advisor experience in submitting and, obtaining approval, for joint ventures, joint production agreements, and import/export permits for foreign enterprises. More recently the company has taken a royalty approach for future agreements between third parties anxious to begin comercial operations with Cuba and, the company's Cuba Consulting Unit. Current contractual partnerships include Tyrval, a worldwide hotel industry supplier. Cuba Ventures intends to augment the amount of financially beneficial consulting related businesses.
For further information on Cuba Ventures Corp. (TSX-V: CUV) or Travelucion visit the Company's website at www.cubaventures.com or www.travelucion.com. The Company has 83,298,850 shares issued and outstanding.
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