Cuba expects major economic damage from measures

A ship of Norwegian Cruise Line leaves the bay of Havana at dawn, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The Trump administration has imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, banning stops by cruise ships and ending a heavily used form of educational travel as it seeks to further isolate the communist government. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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A ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line leaves the bay of Havana at dawn, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The administration has imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, banning stops by cruise ships and ending a heavily used form of educational travel as it seeks to further isolate the communist government. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

HAVANA (AP) — Drivers of classic cars, restaurateurs, tour guides and owners of bed-and-breakfasts are all saying the administration's new restrictions on U.S travel to Cuba will be a severe blow to their businesses.

The restrictions announced Tuesday eliminate U.S. cruise travel to Cuba. They also wipe out the most popular category of legal travel to the island, the group educational trips known as people-to-people travel.

A expert on Cuban tourism says the Cuban state stands to lose $130 million per peak cruising season, which runs from November to June. No figures were available on the expected losses to private businesses, which serve many people-to-people groups. But Cuban entrepreneurs say they expected major damage.

In the words of La Guarido restaurant owner Enrique Nuñez: "We're about to enter a terrible period."

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