Cuba Ready for Increase in US Tourists
HAVANA TIMES, Dec. 13.- The Cuban tourist industry is ready to receive considerable more visitors from the United States, said vice president Carlos Lage. Nonetheless, Lage recalled that President-elect Barack Obama has so far only promised to lift travel restrictions on Cuban-Americans and not the rest of the US citizenry, reported IPS. Cuba expects to receive over 2.3 million tourists this year, mainly from Canada and Europe.
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill in Washington, numerous initiatives are expected in the first months of the new administration that could rally bipartisan support for totally lifting the travel ban and dropping some of the blockade’s trade barriers. If passed they would need the president’s signature.