Informacion economica sobre Cuba

Posted on Monday, 10.08.12

US-Cuba culture trips back on as licenses renewed

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO

Associated Press

MIAMI — Travel companies say they are getting permits once again to

take Americans on cultural trips to Cuba after the U.S. government

tightened requirements over complaints that the tours were skirting a

ban on outright tourism to the Communist island.

At least 20 have been granted a month after U.S. travel companies

reported delays in processing their so-called people-to-people licenses

for legal group travel to Cuba.

Travel operators say they have kept most of their itineraries intact,

but some have added additional programming and eliminated others after

Florida's Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio criticized the programs as

essentially being cover-ups for tourism.

The Obama administration reinstituted the licenses over a year ago,

allowing organizations to take U.S. citizens to the forbidden island for

educational activities that promote contact with ordinary Cubans.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/08/3040251/us-cuba-culture-trips-back-on.html


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