Tom Popper resigns as president of InsightCuba tour specialist

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During Cuba Media Day at the Melia Cohiba in Havana, organizer and InsightCuba president Tom Popper spoke to attendees about sending the message that Cuba is open to American travelers, surrounded by a number of representatives of the U.S. travel industry.
During Cuba Media Day at the Melia Cohiba in Havana, organizer and InsightCuba president Tom Popper spoke to attendees about sending the message that Cuba is open to American travelers, surrounded by a number of representatives of the U.S. travel industry. Photo Credit: Jamie Biesiada

Tom Popper has resigned as president of Insight Cuba and CEO of Friendly Planet.

He spent close to 20 years at the helm of Insight Cuba, which was acquired by Friendly Planet in 2019.

Insight Cuba launched its Cuba programs in 2000 after receiving its license from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control and was a pioneer in bringing Americans legally to Cuba through its tour offerings.

"Looking back at my two decades working with and in Cuba, it's easy to say that it has been one of the most rewarding parts of my life," Popper said. "It has been full of seemingly insurmountable challenges politically, economically and everything in between, each one a fight for the ages but all made sweet by the celebration of accompanying victories and successes."

He said he was proud of "the great work that InsightCuba, our friends in Cuba, partners, colleagues and others in our industry have accomplished to allow Americans to once again legally travel to Cuba, ultimately changing the course of history."

InsightCuba, owned by Friendly Planet, "remains in excellent care by this highly respected 40-year tour operator that is committed to fostering legal and meaningful travel to Cuba," according to Popper.

He plans to explore new business ideas and leadership opportunities inside and outside of the travel industry.

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