Tourism

Trump administration bans US travel and cruise ship stops in Cuba

The Trump administration has imposed major travel restrictions for US citizens visiting Cuba, including bans on cruise ship stops, and educational and recreational visits.

The Associated Press (AP) and PBS reported on Tuesday that the US will no longer allow educational and cultural trips to Cuba, known as “people to people” travel, according to a statement by the US Treasury Department.

The announcement comes in the wake of news that international visitors to the US requiring visas will be forced to disclose their social media account information.

The trips have reportedly been used by thousands of American citizens visiting Cuba since before the restoration of “full diplomatic relations” between the US and the communist government in December 2014.

asda
According to Cuban government figures, reported by Newsweek, more than 257,000 Americans visited Cuba in the first four months of 2019 – a 93 percent increase from the same time period in 2018 – with 142,000 Americans visiting Cuba through a cruise ship.

Treasury said it would also deny permission for private and corporate aircraft and boats. Commercial airline flights appear to be unaffected, while travel for university groups, academic research, journalism and professional meetings will continue to be allowed, according to AP.

“It kills the people-to-people category, which is the most common way for the average American to travel to Cuba,” Cuba Education Travel founder and president Collin Laverty told AP.

Cuba’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, believes the new restrictions imposed on Cuba are “aimed at suffocating the economy & harming the living standards of Cubans in order to forcefully obtain political concessions.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told AP the measures are a response to Cuba’s “destabilising role” in the Western Hemisphere, including support for the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro.

“Cuba continues to play a destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region and propping up U.S. adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law, and suppressing democratic processes,” Mnuchin said.

“This administration has made a strategic decision to reverse the loosening of sanctions and other restrictions on the Cuban regime. These actions will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services.”

US and Cuban flags side by side in Havana, Cuba.
US and Cuban flags side by side in Havana, Cuba.

The new restrictions were reportedly previewed by national security adviser John Bolton in an April speech in Miami to veterans of the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion but details of the changed were public until Tuesday.

The sanctions reportedly took effect on Wednesday after being published in the Federal Register.


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

Historic Melbourne hotel gets multi-million dollar makeover

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne has had a modern makeover that pays homage to its turn-of-the-century origins.  

Share

CommentComments

News

“We will not be pursuing ‘Omicron zero'”: NSW and Victoria vow to keep borders open

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said he and his NSW counterpart Dominic Perrotett have been texting about this fandangled ‘Omicron zero’ situation, with both giving the strategy a thumbs down emoji.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Sri Lanka Tourism invites investors to cash in with huge incentives

The island nation’s government has made it easier to invest in tourism projects, and they reckon there are big bucks to be made. That is, if you have a spare $71K laying around.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

The best bits of Wendy Wu’s Worldwide Sale

The sale includes coveted cherry blossom and autumn leaves departures on Japan trips so tell your clients to start saving up their yen now.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Say namaste: Qantas’ first India flights in almost a decade take to the skies

Meanwhile, the Flying Kangaroo’s Points Auction continues apace with a private jet experience set to go under the hammer.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Bannisters opens new Bawley Point retreat, The Jackson Ranch

Got a client who has always wanted to say “Meanwhile, back at the ranch…” in a literal sense? Book them a stay in this hidden gem.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA updates campaign encouraging members to contact local MPs

Want to give your local MP a piece of your mind but don’t want to get kicked out of their office for shouting profanities? Click here.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Tourism

Travel Agents

Digital travel ad impressions up 40 per cent says Nielsen Ad Intel

Looks like your marketing team’s efforts are paying off, with ads views climbing dramatically in Australia following the most recent lockdown.

Share

CommentComments

News

Tourism

OMICRON: WHO urges those over 60 to cancel travel plans as SA tightens restrictions

The UN health authority warned countries that blanket bans don’t work, while an Aussie epidemiologist says the government’s current restrictions won’t make much difference.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Planeterra launches holiday fundraising for community tourism

Not sure what to get your colleague for Secret Santa? They’ll be hard-pressed to complain about a donation in their name to support community tourism projects.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

WATCH: Rebel Wilson stars as glam castaway in new Tourism Fiji ad

The Aussie actress channels Tom Hanks’ Castaway in this latest campaign for Tourism Fiji, However, we’re not convinced Hanks could pull off the metallic dress as well as Wilson does.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Club Med opens first Canada property, reveals plans for new Utah ski resort

Those who enjoy the ease of an all-inclusive resort stay will be stoked to learn about Club Med’s latest spate of winter wonderland offerings.

Share

CommentComments