CLARK HOWARD: Cuba opens new travel possibilities for Americans

As the United States considers easing travel restrictions to Cuba, WSB consumer expert Clark Howard says it would open up all kinds of new travel possibilities for Americans.

Howard says "The travel industry has been hungering for another fun in the sun destination."

But even Clark, who is always looking for a travel bargain, says finding a low-budget trip to Cuba wouldn't come for a while.  He says at first Americans will visit Cuba out of "curiosity."  The bargains, he says, would come about a year after Cuba opens up with "the second wave" of visitors.

Clark says you probably will be able to catch a flight to Havana out of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.  He says "Atlanta will likely be on the Cuban map, not only for Delta, but potentially for other airlines."  Clarks says "The big interest in going to Cuba will be from the discount airlines."  He says Delta usually has trouble making as much money flying to leisure destinations.

Clark says Cuban hotels and resorts are behind the times, but will improve as Americans start to visit.  He says "Cuba is stuck in 1959."

Clark does expect Cuba to eventually become a major competitor to other Caribbean islands that are popular with American tourists.  He says it's a huge island with extensive beaches.

Clark says the reality is opening up Cuba will cause far more change in Cuba than it will in the United States.  He says "If I were the Communists, I'd be scared.





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