Monday, January 3, 2011

Expanded travel to Cuba to be announced?

The Obama administration on Tuesday plans to announce changes to Cuba travel policies, according to Tony Martinez, editor of the United States Cuba Policy & Business Blog. He says an announcement is imminent:
The White House is expected to announce updates to current travel regulations expanding travel for academic and religious purposes as well expand the number of U.S. airports that can provide charter flights to Cuba. Unfortunately, this announcement will not revert the travel regulations back to the successful people to people regulations of the Clinton era which pro-embargo hardliners fear.
John McAuliff, director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, said in an email that if Martinez is correct, the changes would amount to "far less than had been reported in August" when it was reported that Clinton-era "people-to-people" exchanges would be restored. McAuliff wrote:
The White House seems to favor the prolonged pain of slowly removing the bandage rather than a bold action.
Accordingly, a measured response of appreciation and criticism is in order. 
Case in point: The Center for Cuban Studies has mounted a letter/petition drive to overturn the denial of its license renewal for humanitarian travel.  CCS is not likely to benefit from the announcement.


Tony Martinez said...

Just a clarification - My blog post does not state Tuesday, but states the announcement is imminent. Best regards, Tony Martinez

alongthemalecon said...

Thanks, Tony. I'll correct that.