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Vacation Jamaica or Cuba?

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

President Obama has removed Cuba from the US' terror list and I see where the Jamaica Tourist Board, it is reported, is looking at the impact that this will have on our own tourism sector.

Before the Cuban revolution of 1959, the island experienced a successful tourism and gambling sector, and I have no doubt that this 60-year hiatus will have many Americans thinking that Cuba is the destination to go to.

Cuba has a very, very long and beautiful coastline and a population that may work for wages much less than what is paid in Jamaica. The idea that we may export some of our workers may be just a slim possibility, but I doubt that, because there maybe just enough people there who will flock to the new hotels that will spring up in the next 48 to 72 months, especially from Spain, Central and South America who already speak the language.

Maybe that was what Obama came to tell Portia, in addition to the fact that he may want to convince us that American LNG is better than anywhere else in the world.

I have a solution, but I will not say it right now. I will watch and see which of the three parties Jamaicans will vote for in the next general elections. Note that I made no mistake when I said three.

MARK TROUGHT

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