Press Releases
NFTC in the News
View from the Council

Press Releases

NFTC, USA*Engage Welcome Hearing on Lifting Cuba Travel Ban
Date: 11/19/2009
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Groups highlight growing momentum to allow U.S. travel to Cuba
Washington, DC - The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and USA*Engage today applauded the House Foreign Affairs Committee for holding a hearing on lifting the U.S. ban on travel to Cuba. NFTC Vice President for Global Trade Issues Jake Colvin released the following statement:

"We applaud Chairman Berman for his leadership on this issue, as well as Congressmen Delahunt, Flake and Rangel and Senators Baucus, Dodd, Dorgan, Enzi and Lugar, among others, for their tireless efforts to restore the rights of U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba.

"Momentum is building to lift the ban. A solid majority of Americans support reversing the ban, and according to a recent poll conducted by Miami firm Bendixen & Associates, nearly 60% of Cuban Americans support open travel to Cuba.

"The travel ban is bad foreign policy, bad for the Cuban people, and it's bad for business. Allowing Americans to travel to Cuba would give an immediate boost to the U.S. travel industry, generate economic opportunity for Cuban citizens and help to promote understanding and dialogue between the Cuban and American people."

About USA*Engage

USA*Engage ( is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (, USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policy-makers, opinion-leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy world wide.

About the NFTC

The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.