Today's NPR story, "Tourism Money Flows Into Cuba, Bringing Economic Hopes And Fears," notes:
"Tourism is essential to the Cuban economy, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the country's GDP in 2013, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. More than 2 million foreign tourists visit every year, and the Cuban Ministry of Tourism says the 2014 high season that just ended was the biggest on record — a 5 percent increase from the previous year. The government is also hoping a possible lifting of the American embargo, which has economically squeezed the island for more than 50 years, would add to that growing revenue."
Haven't anti-sanctions lobbyists told us that Castro really doesn't want the embargo lifted?
Didn't they convince Hillary Clinton of this, who now claims the embargo is Castro's "best friend"?
Obviously, that's non-sense.
In a nutshell, this is precisely why the U.S. sanctions tourism travel to Cuba -- because it's key to the Castro regime's economy.
NPR fails to note that all of the tourism hotels, resorts and facilities are owned by the Cuban military.
But it does remind us:
"Travel writer Christopher Barker says there is speculation that 1 million new American tourists would flood the country in the first year following the end of the embargo, and 2 to 3 million annually after that."
Just as with Canadian and European tourists, nothing would make the Castro's financially happier.
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