Cultural Group Trips to Cuba – USA Today Article

Submitted by Franklin Marquez – Miami, Florida – August 1, 2011

[Franklin Marquez – Age –50’s; Birthplace – Santiago de Cuba, Cuba; Residence – Miami, Florida, U.S.; Lives with Wife and Children; Occupation – Attorney, Writer, Moderator of the Blog]

USA Today has reported an interesting news story about Cuba trips. When I went only a year ago, it was early on in the new rules allowing easier visits to Cuba to visit family. I flew on a daily charter from Miami to Havana.  Now there are more, including flights directly to other cities. And there are flights from Tampa as well.

I’ve noticed more group trips as well.  Before I went, I researched group trips, but couldn’t find any going when I was going. Now they apparently are proliferating.

See the story at USA Today

The bottom line is that the U.S. Treasury Department, which is the agency that is involved with travel to Cuba, believes some of the trips are advertising vacations, and not promoting people to people contact. The trips are supposed to be cultural, and some don’t seem to be that way in the eyes of our government.

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