10/21/13 - Los Angeles Times - More Americans are traveling to Cuba
Some 98,050 Americans visited Cuba in 2012, according to recently released
Cuban government statistics (site in Spanish). Thats up from 73,566 in
2011. In fact, the Cuban charts show U.S. arrivals have been rising
steadily since 2006,when 36,808 American arrivals were reported.
A recent Reuters report noted that the Cuban count excludes visits paid
by an estimated 350,000 Cuban Americans, whom Cuban officials view as
A favorite American vacation destination in the 1950s, Cuba has been
largely off-limits since Fidel Castros communist regime took over,
prompting the U.S. to announce a trade embargo in 1962. President Clinton
approved people-to-people trips and loosened restrictions in the 1990s.
President George W. Bush cut back the trips in the 2000s. President Obama
loosened some restrictions in 2011.
Still, in order to comply with restrictions enforced by the U.S. Treasury
Departments Office of Foreign Assets Control, most Americans can only
travel to Cuba by way of people-to-people educational trips operated by
companies specifically licensed by the Treasury Department. The underlying
idea which has been challenged by opponents of any trade with Cuba is
to promote not standard sightseeing but meaningful interaction between
travelers and individuals in Cuba.
Meanwhile Canada (which has no such restrictions) sent 1.07 million
visitors to Cuba last year, figures show. Britain, Germany, Italy and
France sent between 101,000 and 154,000 visitors each.
Total foreign tourism to Cuba grew from 2.3 million in 2008 to 2.8 million
last year, the figures show, but while Canadian and U.S. visits have
increased, visits from Britain, Italy and Spain has dropped substantially
over the last five years.
Among the U.S. companies licensed to run tours to Cuba: Grand Circle
Foundation, Insight Cuba, Smithsonian Journeys. In June, Travel
Weekly reported that several companies had received new licenses to run
Cuba trips, including Classic Journeys and the Institute for
Shipboard Education, which runs semester at sea programs.
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