MSNBC asks an expert: when will Americans be able to travel freely to Cuba?

Posted: 01-Sep-15 19:20

MSNBC invites travel expert and journalist, Christopher Baker to their news programme to ask him a few questions about the recent changes in travel to Cuba for Americans, and more specifically to find out more about the new deal that Cuba and the U.S. are currently working on that would allow commercial flights between the two nations by December. Mr Baker who wrote the guidebook "Moon Cuba" goes on to answer questions about when Americans will be able to travel freely to Cuba, how he believes the larger influx of American visitors will impact on Cuba's tourism infrastructure, and whether or not Cuba is structurally ready to welcome American tourists.

MSNBC asks an expert: when will Americans be able to travel freely to Cuba?

MSNBC recently welcomed travel journalist and author of the Moon Cuba guidebook, Cristopher Baker to their MSNBC live news section to talk about the recent possibilities for Americans to travel to Cuba and ask questions about possible further changes in the U.S. – Cuba releationship.

Mr Baker spoke of how he is in favour of all the recent changes introduced by Obama’s administration, not least of all because they support the new half-a-million Cubans who have set up their private business catering mainly to tourists.

The idea is to help push up Cubans’ living standards and returning Americans their right to travel where they choose to.

MSNBC’s news presenter also asks the million-dollar question on everyone’s lips: once limitations are removed for Americans to travel freely to Cuba will the island be massively transformed with global brands like McDonalds in every corner and thus lose its unique charm as the land that time forgot? Or will Cuba resist the presence of big American corporations? What will be Cuba like in ten years’ time?

Baker replied that whilst that’s not likely to happen soon as for free Cuba travel to be a reality it has to get approval from Congress first (and quite a few staunch Republicans oppose the idea) he would still urge travellers to see Cuba now before it changes dramatically as the country has already started to see change in the way of new private business springing up everywhere and more modern cars roaming the streets.

He believes that in ten years’ time the embargo will be history, the old 50s cars might be gone and there might be room for a Marriott Four Seasons to open.


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