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October 5, 2017

Will U.S. shift hurt Cuban tourism?

  • Many Cubans bought into a hot real estate market to open B&Bs for the hordes of tourists who stroll Old Havana's cobblestoned streets.
    Associated Press

    HAVANA — A U.S. State Department travel warning for Cuba following mysterious attacks that harmed nearly two dozen American diplomats has come like a bucket of cold water for the aspirations of thousands of private entrepreneurs on the island.

    Amid a sudden diplomatic thaw between the Cold War foes that began in 2014, many Cubans invested heavily in privately run restaurants, homestay B&Bs and cars to operate as taxi cabs in hopes of cashing in on an expected boom of American tourists.

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