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

Technology

Luxury Escapes CEO and marketing boss make quiet exit

by Huntley Mitchell

On the flipside, the online travel company has just appointed its first chief growth and consumer product officer.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Helloworld punished for “technical oversight”, with company shares suspended on ASX

by Huntley Mitchell

Andrew Burnes has been left red-faced after Helloworld left out some “technical information” in the company’s unaudited FY20 results.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Australia’s Tourism Restart Taskforce says preparedness of airlines, airports critical in reviving international travel

by Christian Fleetwood

Interestingly, the Tourism Restart Taskforce is lacking a representative from Australia’s airlines or airports.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel Wrap: Nominate a mate for a Club Med holiday, QT Hotels launches dog stays + MORE

This week’s Hotel Wrap is all about spoiling yourself and your clients with a host of deals, competitions and doggie stays.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre to close at least 90 more stores

In sad news, domestic and international border closures have caused further store closures for Flight Centre, leaving it with 330 of the 740 stores the brand had before COVID-19.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

DFAT accidentally reveals email addresses of Aussies stranded overseas

by Christian Fleetwood

The embarrassing blunder by DFAT comes after it reportedly terminated as many as 100 contractors, with some of those having worked in IT and policy roles.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Road & Rail Wrap: Rail Europe teams up with Aeronology, Mary Valley Rattler champions accessibility + MORE

Have your Thursdays been feeling hollow of late? Like there is some kind of gaping void gnawing away at the day? It’s probably because we haven’t run a Road & Rail Wrap for a few weeks.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Become a certified ‘SA Expert’ and gain access to exclusive offers (plus a whole lot more)

by Sponsored by South Australian Tourism Commission

With nearly all domestic borders open to South Australia, now is a good time to get up to date on the best experiences this state has to offer.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Julie King launches global platform for industry learning and collaboration

The new platform will host a FREE 10-week webinar series, so you’re practically losing money if you don’t attend. At least, that’s our understanding.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Rex signs letters of intent on six leased 737s for domestic routes

Rex’s ambitions of becoming a domestic route competitor to Qantas and Virgin are becoming a reality. Next step: a team song.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Corporate Travel Management raises $262m to help fund US acquisition

Much to the delight of CTM’s executives, investors have wasted no time snapping up newly-offered shares in the company.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cruise Wrap: Carnival reveals Mardi Gras atrium plans, Silversea revamps online training + MORE

This week’s Cruise Wrap is so hefty, we reckon that if each letter weighed a tonne, it would equate to a 4,000-pax ship. However, we’re not mathematicians and we also haven’t made any effort to count each individual letter.

Share

CommentComments