10 thoughts on “How Tourism to Cuba is Often Promoted

  • We have been going to Cuba for a couple of weeks every winter for 20 years. Why Cuba?? It is warm, sunny, safe and inexpensive. Canada in January and February is cold, dark, and expensive. A weekend in Toronto, would cost as much as a week in Cuba. No contest.

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    • Well Sandra lucky you! If only such freedom to flit about cheaply was available to Cubans eh? I’m sure many wouldn’t recognise your description of their country as being safe an inexpensive. I’ll bet many would gladly swap places with you. Even in February. Even in Toronto.

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      • Have you been to Cuba Sky? Some of the warmest most genuine people I’m not sure you would get as many takers as you think

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        • Adam I have been going to Cuba for the last 25 years. Believe me. I would bet money on it. But anyway Being warm and genuine has nothing to do with whether they want to get away or not. And thanks to tourism sadly (and I accept I am generalising here) Cubans of 25 years ago were way more genuine and warm IMHO

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          • Sky, is it possible that you are confusing warm and genuine with naive?

      • Not so long ago many Cubans were stopped by their own government from leaving. That is no longer the case. Today, if the Canadian government will allow them they can leave Cuba to go to Canada.

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        • Ken overtly perhaps they are not prevented any more. They no longer need to have a carta blanca though I understand some professionals have a few hiccups in applying for their passports. More importantly is i) visas are getting very hard to get for Cubans even those who have traveled to – and returned home from – the same country before and ii) a visa doesn’t mean that you won’t get turned away by immigration and iii) The Cubans who can afford to pay for their own ticket to travel, let alone money to live off while overseas are as rare as hens teeth.

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          • Yes, there is the real issue of having the price of a ticket. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of those who travel have support outside the country.
            As for the visas, the responsibility for these rests with foreign governments and not with the Cuban government.

          • The Cubans who can afford to pay for their own ticket to travel, let alone money to live off while overseas are as rare as hens teeth.

            So what? There are plenty of Canadians or Americans who are to poor to travel as well. Also the government of the United States has been restricting the right of Americans to travel freely much more recently then the Cuban government.

  • I just returned from my 1st visit to Cuba and I hope that it is not my last. Music is a huge part of my life and has been for pretty much all my life so my initial draw was that. I wanted to experience the music up close. During my two weeks there I did get to know a lot of my neighbors and made some friends that I think will last. It was (and is) sad to know that as easily as I could buy a ticket and visit Cuba, the same didn’t apply to my new friends. As I waited with some of my neighbors for my taxi on my last day there, one stopped after his visit to the embassy to say that his request for a visa to visit his son in the US was denied and everyone else who was there at the embassy that day had been denied as well.

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