Cuban-Americans have been anxiously awaiting President Donald Trump's announcement in Miami Friday of changes to USA policy toward Cuba, though it appears the changes will be more like a tweak of the Obama-era provisions.
Some skeptics have argued that the policy is largely aimed at President Barack Obama, whose administration substantially loosened regulations regarding Cuba during his second term.
Getting to stroll through the colorful streets of Havana may soon be much harder for Americans.
What about Cuban-Americans? A 2016 poll by Florida International University among Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County found that 63 percent opposed the continuation of the embargo and 57 percent supported expanding economic relations between US companies and the island.
The new limits on USA business deals will target the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy, including hotels, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Many Cubans have relatives in the U.S. and they soak up Americans sports and culture.
And, President Trump's upcoming directive will also completely ban transactions with companies that are controlled by the Cuban military. But finding accommodations on the island will become more hard, since the directive bans most business transactions with the Cuban military, which owns the lion's share of Cuba's tourism infrastructure, including hotels.
The officials said that the previous policy under Obama "was enriching Cuban military and intelligence services that contributed to oppression".
The new policy would eliminate one of 12 different categories of travel Obama allowed-individual, so-called "people-to-people" travel. How big the changes in policy will be, however, remains to be seen.
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"We want to strengthen the Cuban people without strengthening the Cuban military", Marco Rubio, the U.S. senator and former presidential candidate, said yesterday.
The stated objective of the new policy is to cut down on human rights abuses.
The event comes almost two years after the US and Cuba formally restored relations, an occasion marked by the reopening of a USA embassy in Havana, on July 20, 2015.
Detailing a new National Security Presidential Memorandum, Trump is also expected to announce stricter enforcement of rules under which Americans can travel to Cuba. "So directing the Treasury to change regulations to ensure anyone who does people-to-people travel does so as part of a group will ensure they engage in a schedule of activities that actually do so".
More broadly, the Trump administration appears to have learned one of the core lessons of recent sanctions-unwinding episodes: relieving certain sanctions pressure on rogues does not mean we need to give up all of our economic leverage.
Maceda said he knows the Cuban government controls everything. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., have shown no interest in doing so. Relaxed travel laws allowed hundreds of thousands of Americans to visit Cuba for the first time.
Critics said the changes would only hurt everyday Cubans who work in the private sector and depend on American visitors to help provide for their families.
"While the news comes as a step back for travel to Cuba, it is business as usual for Intrepid Travel", said Leigh Barnes, director of Intrepid Group North America.