New York, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel talked on Friday with senior executives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the travel industry of this country about opportunities for the island.
During the meeting the parties discussed the potential for those entities that are dedicated to trips between Cuba and the United States, and referred to the need to eliminate the prohibitions that prevent U.S. citizens from visiting the neighboring nation freely.
Likewise, several attendees ratified his opposition to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington against Cuba more than 55 years ago and welcomed the opportunity to hold talks with the Cuban leader.
Diaz-Canel highlighted the importance of this meeting, which was held in the context of his participation at the UN General Assembly in New York, and stressed that the travel industry is a sector that favors dialogue and relations with Cuba.
The Head of State referred to the increase in the island’s hotel capacity in recent years, said that in his country operate more than 20 foreign chains, and mentioned the increase in the number of tourists that this country receives every year.
According to the President, market researchers estimate that Cuba can expect to receive two to five million U.S. tourists.
So far, due to the restrictions imposed by the U.S. Government, the citizens of this country can only visit the neighboring nation under specific licenses and without tourist purposes.
Diaz-Canel added that the presence of travel agencies facilitates the arrival in Cuba of people highly motivated by the culture, history and nature of the island.
One of the participants in the meeting was Craig Greenberg, president of the 21 Museum company, which consists of a chain that combines hospitality with contemporary art.
For his part, Thomas Donohue, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, told Prensa Latina that the conditions are adequate in the two countries for better links in the sector.
We love Cuba and the Cubans, it’s a growing relationship, said Tom McAlpin, president of the cruise line Virgin Voyages, who said they are very interested in expanding its reach and sending passengers to the island.