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US/Cuba Business Cooperation Delegation


Friday, October 05, 2018
Member Fees:
NonMember Fees:

The November 4-9, 2018 United States/Cuba Business Cooperation Delegation is a unique opportunity for business leaders around the world to see business operations and learn about better business practices performed in other countries. It is also a chance to support peace through understanding by assisting in humanitarian work and the global education of business leaders from America. In addition, the trip will serve to provide a cultural exchange of ideas while not only embracing business in the United States but business around the world. 


This particular itinerary is interested in building relationships in Cuba to help provide expertise in transportation development, infrastructure development, as well as the overall market development of the Cuban supply chain industry. The delegation is also interested in learning more about the importance of Cuba as a Latin American hub for freight and logistics. This delegation has the purpose of learning about the market but also providing knowledge and experience to assist Cuba moving forward.

A detailed itinerary will be provided upon departure. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Bazan-Munguia, Director of Travel and Business Development for People to People International, at or +816.531.4701 to learn more about program details.

Additional Information



Merrill Eisenhower Atwater joined People to People International as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2018. Before joining People to People International he served as the Director of Aviation at Kansas Department of Transportation. Mr. Atwater joined Kansas Department of Transportation from Housby where he served as National Sales Director. Prior to that he was with Fox Energy Corp. of Kansas City, MO serving as President of New Business Development. He has spoken both at the national and international level on various topics including; Business Development, Energy, and Transportation.
He holds a Bachelors of Science in History and Interpersonal Communications from Missouri Western State University and in 2015 he received is Masters in Business Administration from Baker University. Mr. Atwater has previously been a member of several boards including: The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Executive Staff, NASAO Board of Directors, the Kansas Freight Advisory Committee, Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Aviation System Planning, Standing Committee on Airfield and Airspace Capacity and Delay, Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Relations in Aviation and a sub-committee on UAS Integration into the national air space.  He currently sits on the board for the Dean’s Council of Kansas State University (Salina).
Mr. Atwater has received numerous awards and recognitions. He was recognized for the 2017 Aviation Impact Award from the FAA and was awarded National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO’s) Center for Aviation Research and Education Award.  In 2016, he was selected to the 40 under 40 Most Influential and Accomplished Leaders of Business. He is married to Shonda Atwater and they have two children. 

Chris Gutierrez is the President of Kansas City SmartPort, Inc., a non-profit economic development organization that promotes and enhances the Kansas City region’s status as a leading North American logistics hub.  SmartPort is an affiliated group of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC).
Chris has been active in logistics and international business for more than 25 years. He has worked in the public and private sector in international business and logistics.

Chris’ community involvement includes his positions as a board member of the following organizations: Board of Advisors of the University of Kansas Supply Chain Management Program, CSCMP, and the World Trade Center – Kansas City and Feed Northland Kids. He is also an alumnus of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions. 



The following is included with your registration fee:

Licensed Program in Compliance with the U.S. Department of Treasury 
Hotel Accommodations
Business Meetings
5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Cuban Business Visa
Health Insurance
Motor Coach Transportation 
Bilingual Local Guide
Exit Airport Tax from Cuba  

The following is NOT included:

International Airfare to/from Havana via Miami International Airport 
Meals Not Included in Itinerary 
Passenger Travel Insurance 
Hotel Phone Usage
Room Service
Mini Bar


When booking your international flight to Cuba please note the following:

  • Purchase your outbound airfare on American Airlines Flight 1345 departing Sunday, November 4th from Miami International Airport at 4:20pm and arriving to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba at 5:35pm.
  • Purchase your return flight on American Airlines Flight 2678 departing Friday, November 9th from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba at 9:15am arriving in Miami, Florida at 10:35am.  
Please note you are responsible for booking your domestic and international airfare connecting through Miami International Airport. We kindly ask that you give yourself three hours before your connecting flight to allow ample time through customs.  


November 4-9
Hotel Parque Central

Single Room Supplement-$800
*Available upon request 

Terms and Conditions

Balance due Friday, October 5, 2018

People to People International reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a program participant. Should any person’s health, physical infirmity, or general deportment, in the judgment of the delegation leader, impede the operation of the program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other participants, the leader has the right to terminate that person(s) participation, and a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators, is the limit of the sponsor’s responsibility should such person be required to depart the program. In arranging for transportation or conveyance, hotel accommodations, or other services and in carrying out the program, neither the sponsors nor their agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, cost, damage, injury, delay, irregularity, or expense of any kind whatsoever arising from the use of any conveyance, accommodations, or services, or from thefts, pilferage, government restrictions, or regulations and any loss or expense resulting from the above contingencies shall be borne by the participant. Neither the sponsors nor the agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, injury, damage, or expense suffered or incurred by the participant in respect of any acts, or omissions of any third parties, the participant hereby expressly waiving any such responsibility or liability, and services are subject to the laws of the countries visited. People to People International shall not be responsible in any way for loss or damage to baggage or personal effects. INSURANCE FOR LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EFFECTS, ACCIDENTS, AND TRIP CANCELLATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If the program must be canceled prior to travel, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to refund of monies received by People to People International or its agents for delegates currently registered. The sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to withdraw the program (in which case a refund will be made) or to make such alterations in the schedule as they may deem necessary or desirable. No refund shall be made for services not taken in case of sickness, accident, or emergency resulting in omission of service for less than three consecutive days. Refund will be made on the basis of such amount, if any, as is actually recovered on unused accommodation and service, less all expenses and charges incidental to effecting cancellations. Refund for unused transportation tickets will be made in accordance with the respective carrier regulations. If the program must be canceled after travel has begun, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators. All parties must be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enrollment in a program allows People to People International the right to use any photos or videos taken during the program.