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Dear Supporter,

For more than 20 years Global Exchange‘s Reality Tours program has promoted important people to people ties between North Americans and Cubans.  Our professional delegations, exchanges and licensed educational tours are again increasing in number after the Obama Administration eased some of the travel restrictions and authorized eight new U.S. Airports to offer charter flight to Cuba. 

Global Exchange's Reality Tours Director, Malia Everette, was recently interviewed by the Associated Press about the increasing demand for "People to People" Cuba tours that Global Exchange is experiencing for the article 'US issuing licensing for increased Cuba travel.'

A recent New York Times article described the travel policy changes taking place:

Thanks to policy changes by President Obama earlier this year designed to encourage more contact between Americans and citizens of the Communist-ruled island, the Treasury Department is once again granting so-called “people-to-people” licenses, which greatly expand travel opportunities for Cuba-bound visitors. The new people-to-people measures make it easier for United States citizens who do not have special status as working journalists or scholars to visit Cuba legally, so long as they go with a licensed operator.

Another recent New York Times article highlighted the experiences of a Reality Tour participant, Linda Slezak, who went on a food sovereignty delegation to Cuba with us.

"It's always frustrated me that Cuba is such an incredibly beautiful place, and we can't go. This was a way to go."

What continues to motivate Global Exchange Reality Tour trips to Cuba is how our participants return inspired by their Cuban counterparts and educated first-hand about the tenacity, ingenuity and integrity of the Cuban people. Yes, Global Exchange is also committed to challenging our government to normalize relations with Cuba, but also to build long term relationships between US and Cuban citizens based on respect and real engagement.

If you’d like to read some insights shared by recent Cuba Reality Tour participant, Linda Slezak, who was featured in the New York Times article, check out this article she wrote, which originally appeared in the Slow Food East End newsletter.

Cuba is on people's mind even more after Anthony Bourdain's show, 'No Reservations' aired their recent visit to the island. Watch the clip on Havana baseball, and keep your eye out for the full episode on The Travel Channel.

Join us on one of our Reality Tours to Cuba. What better time than the New Year? People who have gone on a Global Exchange New Years trip to Cuba come back…different. In a good way. Like they just went on a trip of a lifetime. Learn more about our New Years trips to Cuba this year.

Global Exchange Reality Tours is offering a $150 DISCOUNT when you register for one of our Cuba trips by August 15th, 2011. Simply mention this e-mail  to receive your discount.

So what are you waiting for? Cuba awaits you.


Carleen Pickard
Associate Director
Global Exchange

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