President Obama's easing of sanctions on Cuba means that our Oyster hotel investigators -- equipped with press visas -- are jetting off to the island in just a couple days! They'll be taking tons of photographs of the destination, including the area's hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more.
While the opening of Cuba to U.S. citizens affects trade, finance, and even perhaps baseball, we're of course most interested in what it means for travel and the hospitality industry -- and we guess we'll soon find out. While straight tourism is technically not allowed, you can now enter Cuba for a dozen reasons without having to obtain a special license to do so. Here they are, as outlined by the White House:
- Family visits
- Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
- Journalistic activity
- Professional research and professional meetings
- Educational activities
- Religious activities
- Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
- Support for the Cuban people
- Humanitarian projects
- Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
- Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
- Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.
We’ll be sure and keep you updated throughout our investigators’ journeys. Have specific questions about what it’s really like in Cuba? Ask us in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you with what we find!
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