New travel opportunities intrigue Americans, Cubans alike

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For the first time in more than half a century, Americans are able to visit Cuba

President Barack Obama makes a historic visit to Cuba today with relations warning up long after the Cold War.

It means a lot of opportunities for American businesses and also the American people.

With those changes, a lot of people wonder what is next, and Americans are wondering how they can also make the trek to Cuba.

Last month, the U.S. government authorized commercial flights to the country. There are a number of airlines who want to operate those flights.

Any American can travel to Cuba if they fall under categories that are professional, religious or journalistic activities. There are also people who travel for educational travel on their own.

Before, they had to go through tour groups. But many Americans and Cubans alike are eager for the changes.

One Cuban woman says she hopes for more flexibility now, and to be able to visit her family. She says she hasn't been able to see them for years, with tablets and cell phones providing the only face-to-face link between the families.

The separation has been too long, she says.

There is certainly a lot of excitement. There is also questions about how travel could impact where you stay. Experts say there is 100 percent occupancy at many hotels, so you may want to plan ahead.

Yesterday, a hotel deal was struck to renovate three Cuban hotels. It has been half a century since American hotels were taken over.

We must remind you, however, that U.S. tourism is still prohibited.

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