Americans Face Bigger Threats Than Crime and Communism In Cuba

Posted: 07-Apr-16 12:22

With travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance recently polling potential tourists on whether they were likely to be visiting Cuba any time soon, of the 42% who said they'd like to, only 7% are actually going. The main reason for their reluctance? Crime and communism. Read on to find out why their fears couldn't be more misguided.

Americans Face Bigger Threats Than Crime and Communism In Cuba

A recent poll from travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance has revealed that the current top concerns preventing would-be visitors from travelling to Cuba are safety and communism – in reality, however, they should probably be concerned with low water pressure and a lack of WiFi.

Indeed, 44% of people stated they believed the country to be a dangerous place for tourists, but in actuality, Cuba has a rate of fewer than five homicides per 100,000 people, making it safer than any other Caribbean destination with the exception of Grenada according to the last available statistics.

Fears over the looming spectre of communism, meanwhile, are similarly misguided. Sure, you will find statues and dramatic paintings of Cuban generals on virtually every street corner, but according to the U.S. Bureau of Diplomatic Security the actual risk of political violence on the island is “low”.

More Mundane Matters

Of far more pressing concern should be the fact that Cuba has become something of a creature-comfort desert, with no cellular data available in the country, limited WiFi access and negligible water pressure that is sometimes too weak to provide you with so much as a proper shower.

The Allianz survey revealed that a more prudent 12% of people polled were concerned about the travel infrastructure in Cuba – and rightfully so. The island’s largest airport currently only has one runway, accommodation is lagging someway behind demand and US credit cards aren’t accepted.

With this in mind, it seems that most Americans should be less worried about their outdated picture of “revolutionary” Cuba and instead be more concerned with the more mundane matters that currently blight the country – after all, how will their friends be able to see that they’re having a good time if they can’t check-in on Facebook and upload pictures of their hot dog legs on a beach?!


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