Cuba cruises win reprieve
TOURISM leaders have condemned new restrictions on travel to Cuba announced by US President Donald Trump, though cruise lines appear to have escaped tightened laws.
In a speech delivered Fri, Trump confirmed the US would wind back the easing of restrictions made under the previous Obama Administration ( CW 15 Jun), reintroducing a ban on Americans making solo visits to Cuba.
The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) expressed its “firm resentment” over the restrictions.
“This represents a step backwards and a strong attack on the freedom of travel,” said UNWTO sec general Taleb Rifai.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) also criticised the new restrictions.
“Airlines, cruise lines and hotel groups have all made significant investments and plans to create jobs and to grow the industry in Cuba, based on clear direction from the previous administration.
“Our sector needs consistency from governments and stability of policy,” said WTTC president and ceo David Scowsill.
Carnival Corporation said despite the policy changes, its ships would still visit Cuba.
“Carnival Corporation is pleased that the policy changes announced by the Trump administration will allow our ships to continue to sail to Cuba,” the company said in a statement.
“We will review the extent of the tightening of the travel rules, but our guests have already been travelling under the 12 approved forms of travel to Cuba since we undertook our historic first cruise to Cuba more than a year ago.”