USA travel sector to suffer if Trump reverses Cuba detente

Fruit and vegetable vendors push their cart after a day's work as two boys ride under the cart in Havana Cuba Wednesday

In January, Obama announced an end to a policy that gave Cubans who reached the USA preferential treatment on immigration, also stating there would be an increase in cooperation with Cuba following an agreement on a number of issues including terrorism and human trafficking.

A pro-trade and anti-Cuban embargo organization released a memo Thursday illustrating the potential economic impact of chilling U.S. -Cuba relations, pre-empting the Trump administration's expected decision to resume restrictions previously lifted by President Obama. "If President Trump rolled back our Cuba policy, he would add job-killing government regulations on US businesses".

President Barack Obama listens as Cuban President Raul Castro speaks during their news conference at the Palace of the Revolution on March 21, in Havana, Cuba.

USA airlines flying to Cuba include Jetblue, American, Delta and Alaska.

The group believes that over the course of Trump's first term in office, cutting links with Cuba would cost $6.6 billion and threaten 12,295 American jobs, with the people most affected by additional travel and trade regulations on Cuba would be those in rural communities dependent on shipping, agriculture and manufacturing.

The airline and cruise ship industries would lose an estimated 10,154 jobs and in excess of $3 billion in revenue over the next four years.

Cubans living in the US send up to $4 billion back to the island of Cuba in the form of remittance payments every year. The U.S. manufacturing industry, an industry where Trump has repeatedly pledged to save jobs, stands to lose 1,343 jobs and almost $875 million in lost revenue.

These changes came more than a year after Obama's historic announcement in December 2014 to normalize relations with the communist nation.

Though there is strong support from the Republicans in Congress and agency heads to preserve the Obama administration's policies, Sen.

Ahead of Obama's historic trip to Cuba previous year, his administration loosened restrictions on Americans' ability to travel to the country, on business transactions between the two countries and on Americans' ability to purchase Cuban merchandise. Continuing U.S. -Cuban relationship appears to be a way to both increase U.S. employment and federal revenue.

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