We recently polled our audience for their take on who benefits most from tourism to Cuba. With almost 300 respondents, it’s clear that many of you think that travel to Cuba offers economic and diplomatic benefits to the Cuban people. Yet, it’s also clear that many of you feel that only el Gobierno benefits. And, apparently at least one of you thinks that influencers Marissa and Yoel benefit most. Uh, ok.
We respect everyone’s viewpoint, whether we agree or disagree with it. Yet, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that we’ve witnessed, first-hand, the value that travel to the island offers the people of Cuba (not to mention us). It helps us know each other – bridging the gap culturally – and it improves the lives of the casa particular, paladar and private business owners with whom U.S. travelers engage. Here’s what you said… below.
Who Benefits Most From Travel to Cuba?
(All responses are anonymous.)
- The Cuban People – 27.41%
- The Cuban Government – 23.94%
- Both (the people and the government) Benefit – 42.08%
- Other – 6.56%
(Hero image: Karen Vierbuchen)
Here Are a Few of the “Other” Responses
Muchas gracias to those of you who took advantage of our “other” option. You gave us some things to think about and of course, as always, kept us entertained.
- Both plus the traveler
- Depends on how visitors spend their money
- El singao
- Mimi en Cuba and her influencer husband idiot
- People in the United States
- Small group who can work the black market
- The Cuban dictatorship
- The tourists, I am one!
- The visitor
- Young Americans