Port Manatee Cuba travel plans

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  • jmcauliff posted at 7:05 pm on Sun, Sep 1, 2013.

    jmcauliff Posts: 2

    It will be a great step forward when ferry service to Cuba is permitted.

    At this point, however, only Cuban Americans will realistically be able to take advantage of it.

    The key to expansion is for President Obama to grant the same general license to all non-tourist purposeful travel that he gave to Cuban Americans. That will end OFAC's bureaucratic obstacles and allow lower cost self-organized programs, including staying in privately owned bed and breakfasts, renting cars and using public transportation.

    The President and Congress need to hear from the two-thirds of Americans who want to protect the existing opening and support unrestricted travel.

    If Cuba wants to fully benefit from the potential of US travelers, it will need to open the tourism sector to cuenta propistas (self-employed) and foreign investors.

    Travel will only become normal and happen in large scale with a change in US law permitting conventional sun and sand tourism, unlikely as long as Republicans control the House.

    John McAuliff
    Fund for Reconciliation and Development

     

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