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Can Cuba handle tourism growth?

Can Cuba handle tourism growth?

Old Jan 20, 17, 5:52 am
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Can Cuba handle tourism growth?

Dear Forum members,

I study tourism and am currently doing research on Cuba's tourism sector and the influence on it by recent changes.
Many people say in the future, there will be a lot more (American) tourists.

Do you think Cuba's tourism sector and its infrastructure will be able to handle this? Do you think the tourism growth will bring real change for the Cuban people?

Thanks for your help.
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Old Jan 20, 17, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by CubaBDF View Post
Dear Forum members,

I study tourism and am currently doing research on Cuba's tourism sector and the influence on it by recent changes.
Many people say in the future, there will be a lot more (American) tourists.

Do you think Cuba's tourism sector and its infrastructure will be able to handle this? Do you think the tourism growth will bring real change for the Cuban people?

Thanks for your help.
Go visit and ask Cubans, particularly those who have opened their homes to tourists.

There have essentially been no "recent changes" to have had much influence.

IMO what "will bring real change for the Cuban people" is lifting the embargo, which will allow access to building materials and fixtures to upgrade the casas particulares where many tourists stay. Currently, even with money to purchase, these things are often not available in Cuba. These casas are how many "ordinary" Cubans are bettering their lives from foreign tourism.

Also, with the lifting of the embargo, US passport holders will be able to travel without restrictions some still find confusing and difficult, and would allow them to take advantage of package resort vacations of the type Canadians and Europeans have had access to, and which make up a large part of the tourism sector in Cuba.
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Old Jan 24, 17, 4:37 pm
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It's not clear that the embargo, or the blockade, as Cuba calls it, is really the source of that many problems.

Cuba needs dozens of Home Depots, or similar establishments, in order to provide the building materials needed to upgrade the country. Presumably these could be acquired in some fashion now from Jamaica, Russia, or China. But there is a reason why they are not being acquired. It's the same reason Cuba does not import beer to alleviate shortages in its own production: it requires foreign exchange, and that's also in short supply.

Here's how Cuba could get more beer or more anything: (1) expand its plants or build new ones to obtain greater production, or (2) import beer from a source that won't have trouble with the embargo. Cuba does neither because both require capital, or money, that it does not have. As a result, the beer shortage, to the extent it exists, will be felt by ordinary Cubans, because relatively wealthy tourists will always get their beer -- even if a tourist establishment needs to "buy it" from an ordinary Cuban -- who will trade it for the money.
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Old Jan 25, 17, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by Reindeerflame View Post
It's not clear that the embargo, or the blockade, as Cuba calls it, is really the source of that many problems.
Maybe not clear to YOU.
However, my friends who run a casa particular in Havana, for one example, can watch Univision TV with ads for Lowe's, but even with money in their pockets to purchase, can't get that French door refrigerator/freezer in the commercials or the modern washing machine, which would make their lives and those of their paying guests more comfortable.
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