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Cuba's private sector braces for US tourism boom

Tourists look at posters for sale in Havana, on December 18, 2014Cuba’s nascent private sector is bracing for an influx of visitors should the US embargo ease, but many businesses in the communist country appear unprepared for a torrent of tourists. Currently, most hotels, guest houses and restaurants in Cuba are state-owned, though the number of private enterprises has grown in recent years. “We’re not prepared,” said restaurateur Enrique Nunez, speaking at Cuba’s most famous privately owned eatery, La Guarida, where “Strawberries and Chocolate” was filmed. On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama announced a historic breakthrough between Cuban-US relations, moving to revive diplomatic ties and ease a trade embargo, ending 50 years of hostility between the former Cold War foes.

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