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Published on : Friday, October 28, 2016
TripAdvisor has been granted license to sell tickets to Cuba by the US treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, as the organization loosens restriction on overall travel to Cuba for Americans.
Stephen Kaufer, president and CEO, TripAdvisor said that, TripAdvisor believes that travel has the power to bring people together, facilitates understanding and appreciation of new cultures. Cuba continues to be one of the only countries in the world where the United States imposes significant travel restrictions. They have applauded President Obama’s decision to ease these restrictions and build relations with their island neighbor just 90 miles south of Florida.
Effective immediately under the new license, TripAdvisor is permitted to facilitate travel bookings to Cuba for both U.S. and non-U.S. travelers, including through its instant booking platform for hotels, hotel price comparison search, display advertising, flights, cultural tours and attractions, and short-term rentals.
While TripAdvisor will be the first major U.S. online travel agency to have access, Booking.com received clearance to sell hotel rooms earlier this year. Airbnb, of course, has been extremely active in Cuba, allowing travelers to stay in Cuban cities despite the lack of available hotel rooms. Many U.S. travel agencies and tour operators have been booking trips to Cuba for years.