Tour Operators Cuba travel taking a hit, but tour operators see opportunity By Michelle Baran / June 16, 2017 Share 1 -- With the Trump administration no longer allowing individual people-to-people travel to Cuba, tour operators see the policy change as an opportunity to promote their value to U.S. citizens who want to visit the island. "In order to navigate the situation properly, U.S. travelers' best bet is to go with a licensed and trusted operator like Globus with bona fide people-to-people cultural exchanges," said Steve Born, senior vice president of marketing for the Globus family of brands. SmartTours CEO Greg Geronemus said, "The silver lining is that it's still very much possible to travel to Cuba -- the options have simply become more limited."Born said that based on what the White House has released thus far on upcoming policy changes, Globus' Cuba tours "are in complete compliance."The revised policy reverts to the pre-2016 rule, which mandates that anyone traveling under the people-to-people category must be part of a group to ensure compliance with federal rules that prohibit tourism visits to Cuba. "While the news comes as a step back for travel to Cuba, it is business as usual for Intrepid Travel and licensed people-to-people operators," said Leigh Barnes, director of Intrepid Group North America. "For now, the restrictions have been tightened, but they have not been reversed. Intrepid and the entire travel community should continue to stand for open borders and stand with Cuba."Tour operators do not appear to be backing down from selling or promoting Cuba. In fact, Trump's policy shift might fuel increased demand because travelers might decide to book Cuba should further restrictions make it even more difficult to travel there, said Travis Pittman, CEO of TourRadar, an online tour search and booking company.