NFTC, USA*Engage Welcome Hearing on Lifting Cuba Travel Ban"

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Groups highlight growing momentum to allow U.S. travel to Cuba

Washington, DC -- The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and USA*Engage today applauded the House Foreign Affairs Committee for holding a hearing on lifting the U.S. ban on travel to Cuba. NFTC Vice President for Global Trade Issues Jake Colvin released the following statement:

"We applaud Chairman Berman for his leadership on this issue, as well as Congressmen Delahunt, Flake and Rangel and Senators Baucus, Dodd, Dorgan, Enzi and Lugar, among others, for their tireless efforts to restore the rights of U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba.

"Momentum is building to lift the ban. A solid majority of Americans support reversing the ban, and according to a recent poll conducted by Miami firm Bendixen & Associates, nearly 60% of Cuban Americans support open travel to Cuba.

"The travel ban is bad foreign policy, bad for the Cuban people, and it's bad for business. Allowing Americans to travel to Cuba would give an immediate boost to the U.S. travel industry, generate economic opportunity for Cuban citizens and help to promote understanding and dialogue between the Cuban and American people."