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Questions for Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama: 1) Public opinion polls indicate that two-thirds of Americans, including 55% of Cuban Americans, favor an end to all restrictions on travel to Cuba. As President, when and under what conditions would you end a situation in which Cuba is the only country in the world to which US citizens and residents cannot freely travel 2) Until 2004, a wide variety of US non profit organizations and educational institutions were able to obtain licenses from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to send groups to Cuba. They included world affairs councils, universities, religious and humanitarian groups,art museums, elder hostel, professional associations, sports teams, and other forms of people-to-people exchange. By executive order, President Bush virtually closed this window for unofficial American-Cuban dialog. As President, will you direct OFAC to return to pre-2004 policies and practice If so, are you prepared to facilitate the rapid restoration of exchanges by instructing OFAC to issue a general license for any IRS recognized not-for-profit organization to send groups to Cuba Will you direct OFAC to allow all US travel agencies to book such authorized travel instead of limiting that business opportunity to the current small number of registered Travel Service Providers


The Travel Industry Committee on Cuba (TICC) is an informal association of travel professionals and supportive individuals and organizations who seek the end of all restrictions on travel by Americans to Cuba. TICC has a booth (#218) at the Trade Show in Orlando, September 7-9, and is organizing a two hour destination seminar on Cuba at 11:30 a.m. Sunday led off by Christopher Baker, author of the popular Moon Handbook on Cuba.


Travel Industry Committee on Cuba Educational flyers Government Accounting Office Report pp 31, 54, 56

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