(ET, Wednesday, January 18, 2017) – Just a short time after Fidel Castro died, Mr. Donald J. Trump threatened once more to end the détente with Cuba, by tweeting: “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.”
Now the future of easy travel to Cuba has obviously been cast into doubt. Should Americans worry and hurry up their travel plans to this tropical island before it’s too late? Will the travel rules regarding Cuba change under Trump ? Will Cuba be again the forbidden island ? Many Americans will surely be very disappointed.
There is a continued healthy interest in Cuba by the American people. However, there appears to be a rush to visit Cuba before Mr. Trump closes the doors. A growing number of people say they were very concerned on recent comments by the new President and regarding the new administration’s viewpoint on Cuba
What Travel Agents and Tour Companies say?
Sojern, a travel technology company that works with more than 800 travel brands and independent hotels, said that Cuba was in the top five most searched and booked destinations.
Cuba was the fastest-growing destination for American travelers in 2016 — up 153 percent from 2015 — according to Squaremouth, which compares travel insurance policies from major United States providers. Additionally, “the number of U.S. travelers buying travel insurance for trips to Cuba more than doubled this year,” said Mrs. Taft, a spokeswoman for Squaremouth, yet another indication that people are planning trips there.
For the time being, travelers who are eager enough to have already booked trips aren’t backing out, while those who planned to hold off until Cuba has more hotels and services are still waiting.
TV journalist Anderson Cooper found out about Conan’s trip to Havana and graded Conan’s faux-field CNN Report from an Havana rooftop “Conan’s hair is actually crazy but it was a great report after all for a first late-night host in over 50 years to visit Cuba. Even I’m tempted to travel to Cuba now before Trump tells me not to.” – Anderson Cooper
American Travel Companies already making business with Cuba are concerned
Despite the rising number of available commercial flights, hotels are only just now opening or
planning to open. In June, Four Points by Sheraton Havana became the first American hotel to open in Cuba in nearly 60 years. The month before, Carnival Corporation became the first U.S. cruise company to sail from the United States to Cuba in more than 50 years. And most recently, Airbnb announced that Havana was one of the first dozen cities in the world to offer Airbnb “experiences” (activities like cooking and painting lessons) as part of the company’s new Trips platform.
These and other brands are banking on Cuba remaining open to travelers, despite Mr. Trump’s remarks. “We are hopeful,” said Pamela Lassers from Cuba by Land & Sea cruises, “that President Trump’s extensive business and hospitality background will make him receptive to the value that travel can play in improving international relations.”
WAIT NO MORE, SEE IT FOR YOURSELF
While nothing is for sure, there is a chance that Trump administration will put everything back to the way it was before. American travelers should hurry up and plan their trips.
Some useful links:
- FIRST-TIME TRAVELERS GUIDE TO CUBA
- THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT LEAVE WITHOUT WHEN TRAVELING TO CUBA
- THE 30 BEST CUBAN BEACHES