UNWTO condemns US travel restriction on Cuba

Published On: June 19, 2017 05:55 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 19: The United Nations World Trade Organizations (UNWTO) has expressed its firm resentment over the recently-announced decision by the United States Administration to restore travel restrictions with Cuba.  

 “This represents a step backward and a strong attack on the freedom of travel,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, adding, “This decision will have limited impact on Cuba’s tourism development, yet it will substantially affect the US economy and American jobs.”

 Tourism is one of the key economic sectors in Cuba, supporting many livelihoods and drawing significant interest from foreign investors.

In 2016, Cuba received over 4 million international visitors, a growth of over 1 million in only five years.

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