ASTA Presses Trump Administration To Open Cuba Travel Wider

by Richard D'Ambrosio


In a letter to incoming vice president Michael Pence, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) asked that the Trump administration maintain the current federal rules allowing limited travel to Cuba, and enact a law that would repeal all provisions restricting travel to the island nation.

“ASTA has long believed that Americans ought to be allowed to travel across the globe without restriction, where they can act as ambassadors of freedom and American values abroad,” the ASTA letter said.  “As such, we view the (Obama) Administration’s recent actions on Cuba travel as a step in the right direction and support lifting the statutory ‘travel ban’ once and for all.”

The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act (114th Congress: S. 299/H.R. 664) would repeal all provisions of law relating to U.S. residents’ travel to Cuba. ASTA estimates at least two million additional Americans would visit Cuba by 2019 if the travel restrictions were fully lifted in 2017.

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