In 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in Cuba to find the native Taino Indians lighting rolled leaves called cohiba, which they smoked after a ritual. Cohiba became adopted as the name for tobacco. Flash forward more than 500 years and tobacco trade and farming has spread globally. In 1966, the Cohiba cigar began as a private brand supplied to Fidel Castro and high-ranking government officials. Fidel favored Cohibas, which developed a cult following after the commercial release in 1982.
Castro’s government nationalized the Cuban tobacco industry, forming Cubatabaco (Empresa Cubana del Tabaco) in 1962, which oversaw the production and distribution of all Cuban tobacco products. In 1994, the global exportation of cigars and cigarettes became the responsibility of Habanos S.A., a newly created division of Cubatabaco. Habanos literally means from Havana and has become synonymous with Havana cigars.
Habanos S.A. owns the trademarks for all Cuban cigar and cigarette brands in their countries of exportation, as well as franchises the La Casa del Habano cigar store chain. Habanos S.A. controls distribution and counterfeiting by only exporting to one distributer in each country. The United States placed a trade embargo on Cuba in 1962, making it the only country to which Habanos S.A. does not sell cigars. Did you know before President John F. Kennedy signed the trade embargo, he asked his Press Secretary to purchase him 1,000 petit Upmanns before they became contraband?
Chile offers bountiful opportunities to get out and explore. From volcano climbing to skiing, or surfing to horseback riding, the country boasts one of the greatest outdoor experiences on Earth. La Serena is no exception, and has plenty of places to catch some sun and adventure.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
The first Saturday in May is a special time of year for comic book fans all over the country. Free Comic Book Day functions exactly like it sounds. Comic book stores across the country host a day of festivities where, regardless of whether you buy anything, you can walk away with free books.