Travel Ban on Cuba Lifted Soon? Get Ready for Some Samba and Cha-Cha-Chá

April 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The 50 year ban on travel to Cuba is about to come to an end, opening the floodgates to American visitors who have been craving to visit this Latin American communist country, closed off for half a century, viewing it as a forbidden fruit of tourist destinations. A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Congressmen are poised to enact legislation to lift the travel ban soon, and travel agents couldn’t be happier.

Tourists are boning up on their Samba and Cha-Cha-Chá dance moves preparing for a Cuban adventure, for a previously forbidden look at a country with no American hotel chains or fast food outlets. Cuba is a country frozen in time, where residents still travel around in 1950 Chevy’s, those who can afford cars that is, and the streets are lined with ancient colonial-era buildings that have seen better days.

The Cuban travel ban was imposed as part of the 1959 trade embargo, put in place after Fidel Castro rose to power with his communist regime. President Obama ordered a review of our Cuban police when he recently took office, which many view as a colossal failure, and most members of Congress are ready to oblige. However, the trade ban with Cuba will remain intact for now.

The Obama administration allowed Americans to visit family members living in Cuba just last month. Most lawmakers and Americans are in favor of lifting the travel ban, viewing it as failing to end communism in the poor country, and hurting residents of both countries, depriving them of family visits.

The travel industry estimates that lifting the ban could create thousands of new jobs here and in Cuba, with increased demand for air travel and cruises to Cuba, producing $1.2 to $1.6 billion a year in new revenue.

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3 Responses to “Travel Ban on Cuba Lifted Soon? Get Ready for Some Samba and Cha-Cha-Chá”

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  2. John McAuliff on April 1st, 2009 12:11 pm

    Travel to Cuba is not a done deal. Opposition (and the Miami money behind it) will be fierce in both the House and Senate.

    People who want to regain the right to travel should be leaning on their Representative and Senators to cosponsor or at least pledge to vote for HR 874 or S 428..

    A more immediate prospect for change is a decision by the President to allow non-tourist people to people travel.

    However, that too is contested and active support for change is vital.

    See http://thehavananote.com/2009/03/obama_on_the_verge_of_opening.html

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