Castro Loves "People-to-People" Trips

Thursday, September 25, 2014
So much so -- that his regime is now marketing their own brand.

Sadly, we're not joking.

In 2011, President Obama authorized "people-to-people" trips to Cuba, seeking to:

"[I]ncrease people-to-people contact; support civil society in Cuba; enhance the free flow of information to, from, and among the Cuban people; and help promote their independence from Cuban authorities."

Unfortunately, these trips have done none-of-the-above.

Instead, they are propaganda junkets, hosted by Castro-minders, which frequent the Cuban military's finest tourism facilities.

So now, the Castro regime is marketing its own brand of "people-to-people" trips internationally through the regime's Amistur tourist agency, a subsidiary of the "Cuban Friendship Institute."

For those who don't follow the issue closely, the "Cuban Friendship Institute" is a well-known tool of the Cuban intelligence services.

No wonder the FBI found it necessary to recently put out an advisory.

From Castro's state media:

Cuba Presents People-to-People Tourist Modality at French Fair

Cuba's Amistur tourist agency presented at France's Top Resa International Tourism Fair a proposal based on visits that combine history, culture and identity in order to promote people-to-people exchange.

This is a modality we have practiced for some time now, said the agency's sales manager Argelio Martinez in statements to PL news agency.

This is the first time we attend this international fair with an offer of tourist packages and tours that allow the contact with Cuban reality through different areas, such as education, health, the environment, social projects, said Martinez, whose agency Amistur is under the Cuban Friendship Institute.