The Double-Edged Sword of Tourism in Cuba

U.S. tourists walk outside the Bodeguita del Medio Bar, Havana, Cuba, May 24, 2015 (AP photo by Desmond Boylan).
U.S. tourists walk outside the Bodeguita del Medio Bar, Havana, Cuba, May 24, 2015 (AP photo by Desmond Boylan).
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Last month, The New York Times reported that the growing number of tourists in Cuba is dramatically increasing the demand for food and leaving ordinary Cubans without many basic staples. In a phone interview, William LeoGrande, a professor of government and a specialist in Latin American politics at American University, discusses the effects of tourism in Cuba. WPR: What positive impacts has Cuba seen from expanded tourism in recent years? William LeoGrande: Tourism has become one of the leading economic sectors in Cuba. Last year, around 4 million foreign visitors came to the island, generating $2.8 billion in revenue—only the […]

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