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Cuban businesswomen seek Rubio meeting as U.S. policy bites

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 01:21

An association of Cuban businesswomen has asked to meet with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to explain the impact on the country's nascent private sector of rolling back a detente in U.S. relations. Linda So reports.

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The U.S.-Cuba detente was supposed to bring in big bucks... (NATS: CRUISE HORN) (airplane arriving / tourists walking off plane) And all the benefits of attracting U.S. tourists to Cuba. (stills) But after President Donald Trump's decision to reverse Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, some entrepreneurs on the Communist-run island say their businesses are suffering. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OWNER OF BUSINESS THAT RENTS ANTIQUE AMERICAN CARS, NIDIALYS ACOSTA, SAYING: "We began to see many cancellations of tourists, especially of groups of Americans who said that because of the new measures and the new policies, they were afraid to come." The change in U.S. policy has spurred a group of Cuban businesswomen to request a meeting with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Rubio, a Cuban-American politician who advocates a "no contact" policy with the island nation, welcomed Trump's reversal in June. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OWNER OF THE "LA ROSA DE ORTEGA" HOSTEL, JULIA DE LA ROSA, SAYING: "We want him to understand that if we cut the number of Americans, of tourists who are arriving in Havana at this moment, all of us are going to have a very difficult situation from the point of view of work." de la Rosa runs a small bed and breakfast and says rentals were down 20 percent last month. She expects a further decline as new regulations on individual travel kick in this month.

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Cuban businesswomen seek Rubio meeting as U.S. policy bites

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 01:21