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US hotel chains race for Cuban deals

They go on fact-finding missions as they wait for politicians to iron out differences over investment restrictions

Tourists from Slovenia in Havana on Sept 18. Overall, tourist arrivals are up nearly 18 per cent this year after a record three million visitors in 2014.

THE race for Cuba's beach-front is on.

Executives from major US hotel chains have stepped up their interest in the Communist island in recent months, holding informal talks with Cuban officials as Washington loosens restrictions on US firms operating there.

Executives from Marriott