Entrepreneurs in Cuban tourism industry worry about Trump’s new policy

Entrepreneurs in Cuban tourism industry worry about Trump’s new policy


>>Victor: AIRBNB IS REPORTING THAT COMPANIES WHO RENT OUT THEIR HOMES TO TOURISTS MADE $40 MILLION OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS.>>Janine: YOU AT YOU THE ABOUT IT’S BEEN REPORTED COMPANIES LIKE AIRBNB COULD BE AFFECTED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CUBA POLICY. HATZEL VELA HAS MORE FROM HAVANA.>>Hatzel: STATE CASICA, A RIGHT HOME IN CUBA, AND AIRBNB SAYS YOU’RE CONTRIBUTING ABOUT $2,700 TO A CUBAN CITIZEN, ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT, THAT IS THE AVERAGE ANNUAL AIRBNB INCOME FOR A CUBAN HOST WHICH IS MUCH MORE THAN THE AVERAGE ANNUAL CUBAN SALARY OF ABOUT $300. SINCE 2015 AIRBNB REPORTS THAT MORE THAN HALF A MILLION VISITORS HAVE STAYED A PRIVATE HOMES HERE IN CUBA, AND THEN YOU WALK AROUND HAVANA AND YOU WILL NOTICE LOTS OF FOLKS ARE FIXING THEIR HOMES, HOPING THAT THEY CAN GET A PIECE OF THE PIE.>>WE DID A CORPORATE RETREAT FOR NET NIX HAS YOO WHICH WHAT IS THE FIRST U.S. COMPANY TOO A CORTE TREAT HERE.>>Hatzel: A FIVE-YEAR-OLD COMPANY OFFERS ALL TYPES OF TRAVEL TO CUBA.>>YOU HAVE MILLIONS THAT WORK DIRECTLY OR INCORRECTLY WITH THE TOURISM SECTOR THAT ARE BENEFITING FROM THE VISITS AMERICANS AND TRAVELERS FROM OTHER PLACES IN THE WORLD. SO EVERYONE IS CALLE OCHO WAITING TO SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN.>>Hatzel: HE AND OTHERS WORRY A NEW CUBA POLICY FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP COULD REALLY DAMAGE THE INROADS MADE SO FAR, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES ARE SEEING FROM THE BURGEONING NEW RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN BOTH COUNTRIES.>>WHEN IT’S CELL PHONE PROVIDES THAT ARE NOW OFFERING ROAMING SERVICES, ALL OF THE MAJOR AIRLINES THAT ARE OFFERING DAILY FLIGHTS, YOU HAVE A HANDFUL OF CRUISE SHIPS THAT NOW HAVE HUNDREDS OF STOPS IN CUBA THIS YEAR, AND SO ALL OF THEM WOULD BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED.>>Hatzel: ENGAGE CUBA, A LOBBYING GROUP WHICH PUSHES BETTER RELATIONS WITH CUBA, RECENTLY PUT OUT A STUDY THAT SHOWS REVERSE CAN CUBA POLICY WOULD COST THE U.S. ECONOMY WELL OVER $6 BILLION FOR THE REMAINDER OF TRUMP’S TERM. THE GROUP SAYS 12,000 AMERICAN JOBS WOULD BE LOST.>>A WIDE NUMBER OF AMERICANS OVER 75% SUPPORT ALLOWING TRAVEL AND TRADE WITH CUBA.>>Hatzel: RIGHT NOW THERE’S A BILL IN THE SENATE THAT WOULD LIFT ALL REINSTRUCTIONS ON TRAVEL TO CUBA. THE LEGISLATION IS INTORTED BY MORE THAN HALF THE SENATE. BUT A GOOD NUMBER OF CUBAN AMERICAN EXILES STILL THINK PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD REVERSE MOST IF NOT ALL THE POLICY CHANGES TOWARDS CUBA. THEY INSIST THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION GAVE IN TOO MANY CONCESSIONS, WHILE THE CASTRO GOVERNMENT DID NOT.>>WITH A POSITION OF MUTUAL RESPECT AND DIALOGUE THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CAN SIT DOWN WITH THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT AND TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, CAN TALK ABOUT DEMOCRATIC REFORM AND

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