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Travel Industry Professionals Arrive in Cancun for U.S.-Cuba Travel Summit

March 24, 2010


For Immediate Release

Madeline Vied                                                                            

March 24, 2010

Travel Industry Professionals Arrive in Cancun for U.S.-Cuba Travel Summit

CANCUN, Mexico-The U.S.-Cuba Travel Summit begins today in Cancun with travel professionals and Cuban officials in attendance. The agenda for the summit includes presentations from Cuban travel enterprises, information on current legislation including the Peterson-Moran bill (HR4645) and the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act (S428), breakout groups with Cuban travel experts and addresses from NTA President Lisa Simon, CTP, and U.S. Tour Operators Association President Bob Whitley on the view from the U.S. travel sector. The summit is presented by Alamar Associates in association with NTA and sponsored by USTOA.

"I am thrilled with the caliber and diversity of attendants for the summit. It will make for some stimulating dialogue on a market that represents great potential for U.S. travel professionals," said Simon. "I know the attendees will walk away with the information and connections they need to meet the coming demand of travel to Cuba when it opens for all American citizens." 

The proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to allow travel to Cuba by Americans will be discussed via teleconference by Senator Bryan Dorgan, sponsor of S428. Representatives from the Washington Office on Latin America and the Lexington Institute are also in Cancun to discuss the status of lifting the travel restrictions, which includes the Peterson-Moran legislation that will develop millions of dollars in additional agricultural exports for the United States and open travel to Cuba. NTA supports both HR4645 and S428.

Due to current U.S. travel restrictions preventing Americans or American companies from going to Cuba, the U.S.-Cuba Travel Summit is the only chance for private one-on-one discussions between U.S. travel entities and their Cuban counterpart to discuss specific interests in the Cuba travel sector. Walk-up registrations at the Grand Melia Cancun Hotel are welcome. For more information on the U.S.-Cuba Travel Summit, go to  

NTA is the leading association for professionals serving travelers to, from and within North America. Since its founding in 1951, the association has served a broad and diverse membership and helped them expand market reach with innovative business tools, strategic relationships and collaboration within the industry. NTA membership represents more than 40 countries. To learn more about NTA, please visit



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