Thursday AM May 12th, 2010

For nearly 50 years, there have been restrictions for Americans wanting to travel to Cuba. Pennsylvania-based Friendly Planet Travel hopes House Bill 874 changes that. The web-based travel agency recently mailed out a survey to its client base, testing consumer interest in tourism to Cuba. Peggy Goldman is with Friendly Travel.


"It's not as developed as other countries.  They haven't had the funds and there hasn't been the foreign investment to build it up.  So what they call a five-star hotel might not actually be a five-star hotel, if you compare it with one say on Paradise Island or Miami.  There are trained guides, there are people who speak English.  I guess the best thing is to start making those calls and sending those emails to our Congress people."

Cuba has a tourism infrastructure. It's a favorite vacation spot for European travelers.


"We've had over 6,000 people who took the time to answer out quick survey.  Ninety percent of the people responding to this survey have said that they would love to go to Cuba if they could.  There's a huge interest, and I suspect that when that bill that's in committee right now passes, there'll be a tidal wave of travelers."  

Goldman says if Congress decides to open up travel to Cuba in, for example, September, she could have a tour package ready the next month.

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Ed Mayberry

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Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...