NBC News @NBCNews The leading source of global news and info for more than 75 years. Jul. 11, 2019 1 min read

American travel to Cuba has dwindled with tightened travel restrictions by the Trump administration, Cuban business owners say. (1/6)  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cuba-entrepreneurs-see-steep-decline-business-trump-policies-n1026026 

Alejandro Martín-Ramos, who runs a transportation service, says he has to work 14-hour days to keep his head above water, paying taxes, fees, and maintenance on his 1953 Bel Air.

“When my baby is born, I will hardly be able to spend time with her" (2/6)  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cuba-entrepreneurs-see-steep-decline-business-trump-policies-n1026026 

Ariel Causa, who co-founded AlaMesa, a website and app used to make restaurant reservations throughout Cuba, said the U.S. policy has been constraining.

“When the U.S. Treasury Dept. announces new measures, we get cancellations the next day.” (3/6)  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cuba-entrepreneurs-see-steep-decline-business-trump-policies-n1026026 

“This hurts the average Cuban,” David Díaz, the owner of a bed and breakfast, says.

He said he limits use of the air conditioner, how often they eat meat, and food portions since experiencing the effects of President Trump’s policies. (4/6)  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cuba-entrepreneurs-see-steep-decline-business-trump-policies-n1026026 

While the Cuban economy is worse than it was a year ago, it is getting slightly better, Ricardo Torres, an economist at the University of Havana’s Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, says. (5/6)  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cuba-entrepreneurs-see-steep-decline-business-trump-policies-n1026026 

The Cuban government recently approved a series of modest measures, including raising the minimum salary to $17 a month and the average salary somewhere between $32 to $44. (6/6)  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cuba-entrepreneurs-see-steep-decline-business-trump-policies-n1026026  #NBCNewsThreads


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