U.S. Tour Operators Association visits Washington to voice support for Cuba travel

Posted: 24-Jun-15 10:39

Members of the U.S. Tour Operators Association visited Washington last week to make their voices heard about travel to Cuba. Tour operators and associate members from the tourism industry spoke to legislators about the issues that were important to the travel industry and the benefits of opening up travel to the Caribbean island for Americans.

U.S. Tour Operators Association visits Washington to voice support for Cuba travel

The U.S. Tour Operators Association took a trip to Washington last week to discuss travel to Cuba.

Tour operators and associate members from supplier partners in the travel and tourism industry spoke to legislators about their support for the opening of travel opportunities to Cuba for Americans.

The annual Congressional Caucus took place on 17th and 18th June, 2015 at the Washington Court Hotel and the first session was opened by Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, a Democrat of New York.

Republican Senator John Boozman from Arizona took over the floor and spoke in favour of travel to Cuba.

The President and CEO of the U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA) Terry Dale said that Cuba is a priority for the association.

"USTOA is a long-time avid supporter of an Open Borders policy and Cuba is one of the top priorities for our meetings with members of Congress," Dale explained. "With the recent vote in the House that would reverse the loosening of travel restrictions to Cuba, our visit to Capitol Hill couldn't be timelier. USTOA fully supports both the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act (H.R. 664), as well as the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act (S. 491)."

In December last year, U.S President Obama announced that after a decades-long embargo, the U.S and Cuba were to resume relations.

General tourism has not yet been approved as a reason to visit Cuba, but American residents can visit the Caribbean island for educational, religious, academic and cultural and family purposes and people to people programmes across 12 categories, and licences for these trips are no longer required.

Cuba is an island nation situated in the Caribbean Sea, south of the Bahamas and east of Mexico. The communist nation is rich in culture, heritage and history, and is home to beautiful white and golden sand beaches, virgin cays, an array of mid-range and luxury hotels, and the world's second largest barrier reef.


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