Why tourists drinking, partying, and hiring hookers in Cuba does nothing to help the Cuban people
Almost as sad as the fact there are pro-Castro lobbyist in the U.S. advocating for this is that you actually have to spell this out for some people.
How Tourists Don't Help the Cuban PeopleLast week, we saw Exhibit B of how foreign tourists don't help the Cuban people.
(Exhibit A was last year's Toronto Star expose on child sex tourism in Cuba.)
Two women on a Sunwing flight from Toronto to Varadero -- note flights go straight to Castro's isolated beach resorts -- wanted to start the party early on the plane and began smoking and boozing heavily.
They became so disruptive that the flight was turned around (escorted home by two Canadian military jets).
These Sunwing flights are advertised as "low-cost holiday voyages with Champagne Service."
Since 1991, over 25 million Canadian tourists have visited Cuba.
Canadian tourists have become the cornerstone of Castro's lucrative travel industry, which has become the dictatorship's largest source of revenue (after the low-cost, high-margin trafficking of medical professionals abroad).
So how exactly have these 25 million Canadian tourists helped the Cuban people?
Where is the balance to the overwhelming financial benefit these tourists have provided the Castro regime?
They travel to beach enclaves, stay at the Cuban military's resorts, shop at the Cuban military's retail stores, drink the Cuban military's booze, smoke the Cuban military's cigars, dine at the Cuban military's restaurants and party at the Cuban military's nightclubs -- all while keeping their "heads buried in the sand" as to the somber reality of the Cuban people.
Let's just say there's "no love lost" between the Cuban people and the Canadians that party on the backs of their suffering.
An every day look at #Cuba in Twitter is full of pictures of Canadians irreverently partying away in Castro's resorts.
And yet, that is precisely the shameful, degrading model that anti-sanctions lobbyists want the U.S. to adopt.