President Donald Trump on Friday will tighten rules on Americans travelling to Cuba and will restrict U.S. companies from doing business with Cuban enterprises controlled by the military, according to U.S. officials who have seen a draft presidential memorandum. Nathan Frandino reports.
On the streets of Havana, tourism is booming, especially with Americans.
The number of Americans traveling to Cuba has tripled in recent years… but that surge could be coming to an end.
U.S. President Donald Trump will lay out his new Cuba policy on Friday, and U.S. officials say Trump will make clear the ban on American tourism in Cuba still stands.
Tougher enforcement of current travel rules are on the horizon… much to the disappointment of bar owner Yuri Barroso.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OLD HAVANA PRIVATE BAR PROMOTER, YURI BARROSO, SAYING:
“Eighty-five percent of our clients are Americans. Because of their power, they’re the kinds of the world, as the saying goes. Now, if Trump decides to reduce how many come in for tourism, it will create chaos.”
Trump’s policy will also target Cuba’s Armed Forces Businesses Enterprises Group.
The conglomerate, whose offices sit here in Havana, touches more than half of the economy, says Cuba Educational Travel president Collin Laverty.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) COLLIN LAVERTY, PRESIDENT OF CUBAN EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL, SAYING:
“You have military holding companies involved in everything from luggage transport at the airport to provision of goods and services at the port terminals for cruise ships, buses, rentals cars, hotels, marinas, etc. So they have an extensive reach throughout the economy. And if you’re not…