More Americans are traveling to Cuba

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    American tourism to Cuba — tightly restricted for more than 50 years — is on the upswing, a new report shows. But Americans are a trickle compared with the torrent of Canadians.

    Some 98,050 Americans visited Cuba in 2012, according to recently released Cuban government statistics (site in Spanish). That’s up from 73,566 in 2011. In fact, the Cuban charts show U.S. arrivals have been rising steadily since 2006,when 36,808 American arrivals were reported.

    A recent Reuters report noted that the Cuban count excludes visits paid by an estimated 350,000 Cuban Americans, whom Cuban officials view as Cuban nationals.
    A favorite American vacation destination in the 1950s, Cuba has been largely off-limits since Fidel Castro’s communist regime took over, prompting the U.S. to announce a trade embargo in 1962. President Clinton approved people-to-people trips and loosened restrictions in the 1990s. President George W. Bush cut back the trips in the 2000s. President Obama loosened some restrictions in 2011.

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    For years, Cuba has been a sanctuary for Canadians. It's fun to go to a place where they don't assume first that you're American, where they don't cater to American tourists. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

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