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Cuba’s travel industry is followed by U.S. tour operators
Cuba’s travel industry is followed by U.S. tour operators.  Photo: Prensa latina
Despite growing restrictions by their government on the Caribbean island, according to a press report, U.S. tour operators are eagerly following Cuba''s travel industry.

The electronic bulletin Caribbean News Digital notes that those professionals have kept their bets on Cuba, despite the tightening of restrictions approved by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The report says that after the regulations were published by the Department of Treasury, U.S. travel agents ratified their confidence in continuing to meet the demands from U.S. travelers interested in visiting Cuba without complying with those restrictions.

The tour operators with more experience in the Cuban market agree that they still have enough space to do good business with one of the most coveted destinations in the Caribbean.

According to Richard D'Ambrosio in the specialized publication Travel Market Report, the travel industry is optimistic about adapting to the new restrictions against Cuba.

The author said that the most worrying thing about Trump's restrictions, according to U.S. travel agents, is that his view or approach is aimed at shedding negative light on travels to Cuba, which can have a harmful effect on growth.

Another consequence that will be evaluated as time goes by is confusion and hysteria, and the notion that traveling to Cuba is banned, said the general manager of Cuba Travel Services, Michael Zuccato.

Like Zuccato and many colleagues who bet on the Cuban market, the executive director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development in the Cuba-U.S. People-to-People Association of Riverhead, New York, John McAuliff, defends a similar opinion.

McAuliff noted that the truth is that, beyond the prohibition to hotels and other tourist sites, or changing the name of the independent travel category, there are other possibilities.

He pointed out that although the person-to-person category was eliminated, those interested in traveling to Cuba can do so under the Support for the Cuban people item.

However, experts say, according to the latest regulations, any person who travels under that category must participate in full-time scheduled activities that results in a significant interaction with people in Cuba.

They warned, nevertheless, that a foreseeable consequence is a change of actions to more reservations by groups.

Other travel categories that are allowed are: family visits, humanitarian trips, religious activities, research and professional meetings, and official government affairs.

The tour operators recall in their advertisements that the new regulations will not affect U.S. travelers to Cuba who made their reservations before June 16, 2017.
With information of Prensa latina

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