AP: White House On Verge of Easing Travel to Cuba

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The Associated Press reports that President Obama is following through on a promise to ease travel restrictions to Cuba. If final permission is granted, Insight Cuba, one of at least a dozen travel groups awaiting a license to operate on the island, could begin trips in as little as six weeks.

According to the AP, Cuban officials say privately they expect as many as 500,000 visitors from the United States annually.

The guidelines, published by the U.S. Treasury Department, say so-called people-to-people tours must guarantee a "full-time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interaction" with Cubans. But a previous requirement to file an advance itinerary is gone.