The new travel restrictions imposed by the United States pose another setback for Cuba’s fragile economy.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced the United States will no longer allow educational trips known as “people to people” exchanges and is banning private air travel and cruise ships.
The Cruise Line International Association said the move immediately impacts 800,000 bookings.
CGTN’s Luis Chirino reports from Havana.
To discuss all of this:
- Collin Laverty is the president of Cuba Educational Travel.
- Jim Bialick is the vice president of Engage Cuba.
- Cristina Escobar is a Cuban journalist and commentator.
- Lester Munson is a principal of International at BGR Group.
New U.S. restrictions on travel to Cuba are now in effect. The changes eliminate cruise travel, which is one of the most popular ways to get to the island. More than half of this year's American tourists arrived on cruise ships.https://t.co/mD6qYaL3us
— CGTN America (@cgtnamerica) June 8, 2019
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 19, 2017
The measures adopted by the Trump administration will directly affect the Cuban people, especially in port communities outside Havana that no one talks about but which have improved with the arrival of the U.S. cruise ships –@camilocondis https://t.co/htU6N6pS7F
— Engage Cuba (@Engage_Cuba) June 14, 2019