The "Transformative" Power of Travel

Saturday, March 31, 2012
It seems that advocates of travel to Cuba were right (sarcasm).

Travel is having such a transformative effect on the Castro regime that -- while repression towards pro-democracy activists dramatically increases -- the Cuban military is building theme parks and golf courses to even further profit.

Brilliant strategy.

Wonder if President Obama's "people-to-people" regulations will allow theme park visits and a quick round of golf -- as a cultural exception, of course.

From Bloomberg:

Cuba's government plans to build 13 golf courses by 2020 as the communist island looks to offer more than sun and sand to the 2.7 million people who visit each year, Deputy Tourism Minister Alexis Trujillo said.

The country also intends to build several theme parks and add 25,000 hotel rooms as it looks to broaden its image, Trujillo said at a news conference in Havana.