US tour groups meet with Cuban counterparts to plan for future
unrestricted travel to island
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (CP)
CANCUN, Mexico — U.S. travel specialists are meeting with their Cuban
counterparts, preparing for what they hope will be the day that
Americans can freely vacation on Cuba's sunny beaches.
A 1962 travel ban sharply restricts visits by U.S. citizens to the
communist-governed island. The law requires U.S. government permission
to spend any money there.
President Barack Obama has indicated interest in easing restrictions, as
he already has for Cuban Americans travelling to the island – but in
exchange for human rights improvements.
Cuban officials say 2.4 million tourists, including about 41,000
Americans, visited last year. They anticipate 1.7 million Americans
would come if restrictions were lifted.