Looks like fewer Americans are considering spending their vacation time and dollars in the tropical gulag paradise of apartheid Cuba. A new survey by a travel insurance company indicates American interest in Cuba as a travel destination has dropped a whopping 67% this year. Americans looking at apartheid Cuba as a vacation destination plunged from 40% of those surveyed in 2017 to just 13% in 2018.
According to the survey, most of the decline is attributed to President Trump’s rollback of Obama’s failed Cuba policy and the increased complexity involved in traveling to communist Cuba. It appears American travelers prefer the process of visiting an island prison run by a corrupt and murderous apartheid dictatorship to be a simpler affair.
Two years after the easing of travel restrictions to Cuba for Americans, an annual survey* by leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance reveals that fewer people are interested in taking a trip to the island nation than before – and that there is lingering confusion surrounding the current travel policy.
This year’s survey shows that 13 percent of Americans are interested in traveling to Cuba – a dramatic 27 percent drop from 2017, when 40 percent said they would be interested in visiting the country. The 2018 poll also revealed that 82 percent of respondents report being unlikely to plan a trip to Cuba (a six percent increase from 2017).
The survey asked Americans about the recent news of major U.S. airlines expanding service between the United States and Cuba and cruise lines adding more Cuban ports to their itineraries. Only 18 percent of Americans are more interested in visiting the country as a result of these new developments, while eight percent report feeling less interested in visiting Cuba. Almost three-fourths (73 percent) indicated that they were unaffected by this news.
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