The difference between your position and my position is that you think that there is no choice. But I say that there is. And I think tourists do harm to Cuba.^^
And if you go to the US you may help finance their War on Terror, if you go to Greece, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Thailand or Cambodia (to name just a few affected tourist destinations at random) your money may end up in the coffers of corrupt officials, if you go to China you may finance the Communist regime or corrupt individuals, if you go to Myanmar you may give money to the military junta, if you go to.... (I guess you get the idea...)
In the end you are spending your money and no one else, and although you don't have full control over where your money ends up and sometimes you have no choice, every penny spent at local travel agencies/companies, stores, restaurants, home stays, on tips or donations, etc. etc. is a penny that ends up in the hands of the general population. And they will be better off for it...
No choice in what? Maybe you misunderstood, maybe my wording wasn't clear, or maybe I misunderstand your remark, but what I tried to say is that you do have a choice how and where to spend your money. Crony-run hotel/store or home stay/mom and pop shop, government-run travel agency or private company, chain restaurant or local eatery - to a good extent the way you spend your money is up to you.The difference between your position and my position is that you think that there is no choice. But I say that there is. And I think tourists do harm to Cuba.
What is wrong in supporting the regime? The money Cuba makes is spend on the citizens - I wish that was true in all developing nations!I would never go to the communist Cuba. Spending money there is amoral and supporting the regime.
Poverty aside I've only heard good things from friends and coworkers who went there ( fairly popular destination among Danes )
What is wrong in supporting the regime? The money Cuba makes is spend on the citizens - I wish that was true in all developing nations!
We could debate Bastista, but I honestly think you are too ignorent about it to be worth my time - Castro's fight was against a terrible military dictatorship that had claimed the life of more than 20.000 civilians and lived off drug and CIA money from the US - I guess that sounds great in your ears but I doubt it would if you had to suffer it..
Not gonna say Castro's Cuba is perfect because it certainly isn't - but it is by far the better of two evils and if it ever is to develop it needs money flowing and why not through tourism like so many other nations in the region? Where is the harm is spending money in a place that needs money?
( where would the Baltic be if the 1st world countries hadn't felt sorry for that in it's time of need? )