US Citizens Freed to Travel to Cuba as Individuals

Bicycle taxi at the entrance to a hotel in Havana. Photo: Juan Suarez
Bicycle taxi at the entrance to a hotel in Havana. Photo: Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES — The US Treasury Dept. will allow US citizens to travel to Cuba as individuals, avoiding the need for group travel, reports Reuters news agency this morning.

Starting this fall several US airlines will be offering regular flights to Havana and several other Cuban cities. Tickets will be available online like other normal flights.

To comply with the embargo that only Congress can repeal, the travel must still fit under the formality of “people-to-people educational travel”, but the ability to book flights as individuals without having to go through a travel company is expected to greatly increase the number of visitors to the island.

US President Obama is heading to Cuba for a two day visit on March 21-22.  Apart from meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro, other officials and dissidents, Obama will attend the highly publicized exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team.

27 thoughts on “US Citizens Freed to Travel to Cuba as Individuals

  • Thanks for the correction Griffin.

  • Moses: you might want to rethink your comments above. When two capitalists do a deal, it’s ALWAYS because each of them thinks he will benefit, and they are often both right. This is true under the most democratic, the most libertarian regime we can imagine. I know you know this, it’s elementary Adam Smith.

    The real question is: do the non-capitalists — their workers in particular — benefit? Socialists say no, they don’t. (Well, the thinking socialists, a sub-set, say that.)

    But in reality, they do. There may also be negative externalities, as well, of course.

    When Marriott or other capitalist firms build a hideous (by my old-hippie standards) giant hotel in a previously unspoiled beach area, anywhere in the world, some of us may weep. But that hotel will employ thousands of local people, who would previously have been selling shoelaces at traffic lights, walking behind a water-buffalo turning out a meagre crop of which their landlord would take half … come on, you know this! The ugly capitalist hotel full of fat Western tourists will bring them money, which they will use to send their kids to a decent school, or buy land, or a television set or a motorcycle. Thus the world progresses out of barbarism.

    I usually have to quote Karl Marx to Leftists, on the progressive side of capitalist imperialism in destroying Third World backwardness and barbarism. It’s surprising to have to fire in the other direction, but I think you were engaging in polemical excess. I admit that the eagerness of the regime to drag in the hated American imperialists, and the ‘isn’t-it-all-so-wonderful’ reaction of its ludicrous foreign ‘anti-imperialist’ sycophants can make one dizzy, but we musn’t forget basic principles of economics!

  • Surprise, surprise.

  • Several of the senior members of Code Pink own Global Exchange, which runs a travel company offering package tours to Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, North Korea and other delightful destinations. They make good money selling these Potemkin tours to gullible American leftists.

  • You are mistaken. Marriot is not being taken over by a Chinese corporation.

    Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is an American diversified hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging facilities. Founded by J. Willard Marriott, the company is now led by his son, Executive Chairman Bill Marriott and President and Chief Executive Officer Arne Sorenson. Marriott International has more than 4,087 properties in over 80 countries and territories around the world, over 697,000 rooms (as of July 2014), and additional 195,000 rooms in the development pipeline.

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