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Report: U.S. Travel Industry Gearing Up for Return to Cuba

December 22, 2009 By: Joe Pike

Reuters is reporting the U.S. travel industry is gearing up for a return to its largest Caribbean destination before Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution.

A bill to end the travel ban, sponsored by Democrat Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts and Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona, has 195 backers in the House of Representatives, 23 votes short, supporters of the measure said.

Similar legislation in the Senate has the support of key senators such as Republican Richard Lugar of Indiana, but needs 60 votes to pass. No action on the bill is expected until the spring.

According to Cuban estimates based on 2 million Americans visiting Cuba a year, U.S. airlines stand to earn $600 million and travel agencies $300 million annually, according to the report.

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