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FILE - In this July 8, 2013 photo, musicians play trombones as a tourist from Colombia takes their picture along the Malecon in Havana, Cuba. President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, of plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with the Caribbean nation gives hope to airlines, hotel chains and cruise companies _ all which have been quietly eyeing a removal of the travel ban _ that they soon will be able to bring tourists to Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)

“Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean, so there’s some exciting possibilities,” said Roger Frizzell, spokesman for Carnival Corp. He said “some infrastructure for cruising already exists in the country,” although other issues “need to be taken into consideration if this market opens up.”

FILE - In this April 1, 2014 file photo, a Austrian Airlines airplane takes off from the airport in Munich, southern Germany. Flying could get cheaper next year as airlines say they will finally start passing on some of the savings made on plummeting oil prices. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

“It’s going to be six months or so before airlines are seeing lower fuel costs, and at that point consumers are likely to see a fall in travel costs,” Pearce told The Associated Press.

“The key is what happens at the counter,” said Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor, at Edmunds.com. “Know they’re seeing you as someone who can be sold additional products.”

In this Nov. 13, 2014 photo, Symphony Rader, 4, pulls a bag down the boarding ramp to an early morning originator flight at Love Field in Dallas. Throughout the airline industry, the first flight of the day sets the tone for keeping the system's flights running on-time. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

“If you’re late out of the driveway in the morning, you’re probably going to be a little bit late to work,” says Steve Hozdulick, Southwest’s senior director of operational performance. “You’re going to hit the two traffic lights that you never hit.”

FILE - In this May 26, 2010 file photo, Collette Royer, of Cambridge, Mass., left, sits on the edge of Walden Pond, in Concord, Mass., with her parents Harvey, center, and Floyce Royer, right, both of Fallbrook, Calif. The simple, serene place that inspired Henry David Thoreau's work the most is going solar. Officials are building a new visitor's center at Walden Pond State Reservation featuring a solar canopy and two electric vehicle charging stations. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

“As the birthplace of the conservation movement, Walden Pond is an important natural landmark for the Commonwealth and nation,” Patrick said Monday. “These improvements are about good stewardship for this generation and the next.”

This photo taken Dec. 6, 2014, shows a crying child unsure of what to make of Santa Claus in Shishmaref, Alaska. The Alaska National Guard provided transport for the good Samaritan program Operation Santa, which took gifts and schools supplies to about 300 children in the Inupiat Eskimo community. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

“‘Cause everybody loves ice cream,” said 17-year-old Cheyenne Nayokpuk when asked why anyone living 25 miles south of the Arctic Circle would want the cold treat.

This Dec. 1, 2014 photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a small active breakout on the upslope portion of the June 27th lava flow near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

“The students didn’t know a lot about the lava flow when they first got out here, and they had a lot of questions,” said Keaau Elementary Principal Keone Farias, the incoming complex area superintendent for Kau, Keaau and Pahoa schools.

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