New Survey Illustrates U.S. Travelers' Engagement with Cuba's Private Sector

By: Cuba Journal

“This survey proves that American travel to Cuba is empowering the Cuban people by supporting the Island’s growing private sector, which is fueled by foreign travelers. Not only are Americans monetarily supporting Cuban entrepreneurs, but they’re engaging in conversations about U.S. culture and values, internet and technology, and religious freedom. While American travel to Cuba is booming, it’s still illegal to visit our island neighbor as a tourist. It’s time Congress removes this arbitrary restriction to further support Cuban entrepreneurs and the American people. – James Williams, President of Engage Cuba. U.S. travelers are economically supporting state workers, who rely on tips to survive, and offering generous support to Cuban individuals and humanitarian projects. Furthermore, they are talking to average Cubans about free market economics at a moment of economic reform.