Attached is a very well-written and insightful article about Cuba as it is today, where Europeans and Canadians (as well as a few Americans) visit beach towns, and wouldn't really know they are even in Cuba.
We hope the people quoted do not have issues. Facts regarding tourism in the article include:
"Tourism is essential to the Cuban economy, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the country's GDP in 2013, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. More than 2 million foreign tourists visit every year, and the Cuban Ministry of Tourism says the 2014 high season that just ended was the biggest on record — a 5 percent increase from the previous year.