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CNN: Ease Cuba travel restrictions? Some Americans hope so

posted Feb 26, 2009, 10:19 AM by Claus Zapffe   [ updated Feb 26, 2009, 10:25 AM ]
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"Many travelers and travel industry professionals hope the Obama administration will soon loosen Cuba travel rules. During the campaign for the White House, President Obama promised to lift travel restrictions on Cuban Americans trying to visit family."

"In 2007, about 45,200 Americans -- including Cuban Americans -- legally obtained a license or approval from the U.S. government to enter Cuba by air..."

"Along with Cuban Americans, journalists, church volunteers, athletes and students are among the few non-Cuban Americans who can apply for applications to visit Cuba. "Travel isn't banned," explains Richard Champley, a senior analyst in the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Travel and Tourism and Industries, "You just have to get permission."