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U.S. to Cuba Travel Fever Dwindles in 2017

It has been a year since the U.S. government eased travel restrictions to Cuba, but new research is showing Americans are less interested in taking a trip to the country than in 2016. 

The annual survey Allianz Global Assistance showed that 40% of Americans would be interested in taking a trip to Cuba (two percent fewer than in 2016) while the easing of travel restrictions made just 26% of Americans more interested in visiting the country (nine percent fewer than 2016). About 76% reported being unlikely to plan a trip to Cuba (6% more than 2016).

While safety concerns (38% in 2017/ 6% lower than in 2016) and fear of communist government (12% in 2017/ 3% lower than in 2016) were major anxieties for Americans in 2016, those worries appear to be weakening this year.

Instead, lack of information on Cuba’s travel experiences (22% in 2017/ 4% higher than in 2016), travel infrastructure (13% in 2017/ 1% higher than in 2016) and internet/mobile connectivity (9% in 2017/ 2% higher than in 2016) are the factors making Americans less interested and likely to travel to Cuba.

Resorts and beaches (32%/ 1% less than in 2016) remain the hot ticket items that would make Americans most interested and likely to travel to Cuba. That is still ahead of Cuba’s cultural attractions (23%/ 1% less than in 2016), Cuban food and rum (13%/ 2% higher than in 2016), the Cuban people (9%/ 3% less than in 2016), classic 1950s American cars (9%/ same as 2016), Cuban cigars (7% / 2% higher than in 2016) and family and friends (7%/ 2% higher than in 2016).

The survey also measured sentiment and discovered that 34% of Americans think Cuba has changed for the better because of as a result of the U.S. having eased travel restrictions to the country.

The survey also found that 15% of Americans believe the peace of mind of having travel insurance would make them more interested in traveling to Cuba.

Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers.


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