Cuba cruises win re­prieve

Cruise Weekly - - NEWS -

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.”

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