Government Affairs Trump to pile red tape on people-to-people Cuba travel By Robert Silk / June 15, 2017 Share 1 Photo Credit: Shutterstock -- President Donald Trump will tighten travel restrictions for Americans visiting Cuba when he lays out his Cuba policy in a speech Friday in Miami, the Miami Herald and Politico reported Thursday. Both publications said they had obtained a draft of Trump's eight-page directive.The Treasury Department will begin auditing trips to Cuba to make sure they legitimately fall under one of 12 exemptions to the Cuba travel embargo that were put in place by the Obama administration -- a significant uptick in enforcement from the current practice, in which travelers are trusted to report the purpose of their trip. In another reversal of Obama policy that is likely to strongly impact the travel industry, there will be a clampdown on people-to-people trips. People-to-people is the exemption category that tour operators and cruise ships typically use on Cuba itineraries. The Trump directive would require a full-time schedule of activities that "enhance contact with the Cuban people," Politico reported. Educational groups would again have to be guided by a sponsoring U.S. organization, the Miami Herald said. Trump will continue to allow commercial air service and cruises to Cuba. But finding accommodations on the island will become more difficult since the directive bans most business transactions with the Cuban military, which owns the lion's share of Cuban tourism infrastructure, including hotels. In a statement, Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson said a reversal of "progress" in Cuba would be "exceedingly disappointing." "We have invested significant resources establishing a presence in Cuba, and with one hotel open and another in the pipeline we have just begun our work creating opportunity and a more vibrant tourism sector on the island," Sorenson said. On Tuesday, secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that the Trump administration would toughen rules on doing business with Cuba since the Castro regime has not improved its human rights record under Obama's rapprochement policy. Under the Trump directive, the U.S. would maintain its embassy in Cuba, the Herald and Politico reported.