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Tourism Boosters Hope They Can Squeeze An Extra Room Night Or Two From Out-of-towners Who Come To Tampa Bay On Their Way To Cuba, Said Santiago Corrada, Ceo Of Visit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County's Tourism Arm.

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"So the question will be, are there enough passengers willing to take a cruise to Cuba to support it?" said John Kavulich, president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council in New York. "We will have to wait and see what happens. But if restrictions are increased, will travelers be satisfied with looking at Havana from just the balcony of their ships?" The announcement comes on the heels of plans for cheap flights to chicago illinois from honolulu starting commercial flights from Tampa International Airport to Havana on Southwest Airlines, which will take off for the first time Monday. Tourism boosters hope they can squeeze an extra room night or two from out-of-towners who come to Tampa Bay on their way to Cuba, said Santiago Corrada, CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County's tourism arm. "With all the cultural ties that Tampa has to Cuba, we hope that entices people to do a pre- or post-day in Tampa," Corrada said. Otherwise, the new cruise ship's impact on the Tampa Bay region will be minimal, he said. While travel restrictions have eased for Americans visiting Cuba, an embargo is still firmly in place. That means American travelers can't visit Cuba just as tourists, and wanting to bask on Cuban beaches and explore old Spanish markets isn't good enough. The five-decade embargo limits travel to cultural, educational and humanitarian purposes. Cargo is limited to food and medicine. Tourism and business are not permitted.

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