"Tourism Money Flows Into Cuba, Bringing Economic Hopes And Fears" - NPR Article

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.

The government is also hoping a possible lifting of the American embargo, which has economically squeezed the island for more than 50 years, would add to that growing revenue. Travel writer Christopher Barker says there is speculation that 1 million new American tourists would flood the country in the first year following the end of the embargo, and 2 to 3 million annually after that. Varadero, slightly more than 100 miles from Key West, Fla., is perfectly poised to absorb some of those tourist dollars."

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