• Short Summary

    THE TOURISTS, TO PARAPHRASE SAM GOLDWYN, HAVE BEEN STAYING AWAY IN DROVES. THE CASTRO REVOLUTION?

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    CUBA HAS A TWO "PRODUCT" ECONOMY. SUGAR AND TOURISTS. SUGAR IS REASONABLY STABLY. IT CAN BE GROWN, HARVESTED, PROCESSED, PACKAGED AND SOLD. THE SAME IS NOT TRUE OF THE TOURISTS.



    LS -- EMPTY HIGHWAY -- FLAGS AND LAMPPOSTS



    MS -- EMPTY HOTEL LOBBY



    LS -- EMPTY POOL



    LS -- CABS, LINED UP AT CURB



    CU -- 2 CAB DRIVERS



    LS -- RACE TRACK, HORSES RUNNING



    LS -- EMPTY SEATS AT TRACK



    MLS - EMPTY BAR



    LS -- MEETING HALL



    CU -- FIDEL SPEAKING



    LS -- CROWD



    CU -- FIDEL SPEAKING



    ADDITION INFORMATION



    AS THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS GATHERED IN CUBA TO HOLD ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION, CASTRO URGED THE GROUP TO 'FORGET POLITICAL PROPAGANDA' AND GO ALL OUT TO ASSIST IN PROMOTING TOURISM IN CUBA. AMERICAN TOURISTS ARE MUCH REQUIRED BY THE CASTRO GOVERNMENT AS A LARGE PORTION OF THE CUBAN ECONOMY DEPENDS ON TOURISM. IN A SPEECH MADE PREVIOUSLY TO THE UNION OF CUBAN BANK WORKERS, CASTRO HAD DECLARED THAT ECONOMIC STRANGULATION FROM ABROAD WAS THE LEAST OF HIS WORRIES. IF AMERICA REDUCES ITS SUGAR PURCHASES, HE SAID, WE WILL SEEK OTHER MARKETS......



    HE ALSO COMPLAINED OF U.S. OPPOSITION TO HIS BUYING JET FIGHTERS FROM GREAT BRITAIN. REFERRING DOUBTLESSLY TO THE U.S. HE SAID - IF WE DON'T BEHAVE LIKE NICE CHILDREN, THEY PUNISH US. THUS, ON TOP OF HAVING 600,000 (six-hundred thousand) UNEMPLOYED, NO HOSPITALS AND NO SCHOOLS, THEY THREATEN TO KILL US WITH HUNGER. THEN, REFERRING TO DOMINICA AND TRUJILLO, HE SAID "WITH HIM THEY (AMERICA) HAVE NO PROBLEMS. HE IS A MAGNIFICENT BOY. THEY DON'T CUT HIS SUGAR, THEY INCREASE IT. THEY DON'T THREATEN HIS ECONOMICS. WITH HIM THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS, DESPITE HIS DEPREDATIONS, HIS CRIMES AND HIS 30 (thirty) YEARS OF TYRANNY. BUT OUR REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT IS BAD -- IT IS A GOVERNMENT THAT DOESN'T STEAL, DOESN'T TORTURE AND DOESN'T ASSASSINATE, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS MADE NO PUBLIC THREAT TO CUT IMPORTS OF CUBAN SUGAR AND IS REPORTED AS BUYING AT THE AMERICAN DOMESTIC CONTROLLED PRICE -- FAR IN EXCESS OF WHAT CUBA GETS FOR THE REST OF HER SUPPLIES.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE TOURISTS, TO PARAPHRASE SAM GOLDWYN, HAVE BEEN STAYING AWAY IN DROVES. THE CASTRO REVOLUTION HAS RUINED THE TOURIST BUSINESS. AND THE DELEGATES TO THE CONVENTION OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS HAVE FOUND HAVANA VERY NEARLY A GHOST TOWN. FLUSH HOTELS DESERTED. AND THE COLOURFUL CUBAN CAB DRIVERS JUST STAND AROUND -- WITHOUT A FARE.

    AND THE RACES AT ORIENTAL PARK (CQ) GO ON ... BUT WITH FEW FANS ... AND PRACTICALLY NO AMERICAN MONEY BEING WAGERED.

    AND BARS ARE VACANT ... EVEN THE FAMOUS "SLOPPY JOE'S." THIS WAS THE SCENE AS THE TRAVEL AGENTS OPENED THEIR CONVENTION YESTERDAY. A PREVIOUSLY GAY HAVANA, WITHOUT TOURISTS.

    (HOLD TO -- CASTRO, IF NECESSARY)
    AND SO PREMIER FIDEL CASTRO CAME TO THE TRAVEL AGENT'S CONVENTION ... AND TOLD THEM OF A 200-MILLION DOLLAR PROGRAM TO PROMOTE THE TOURIST BUSINESS FOR CUBA. AND HE TOLD THEM ALSO: "IN SPITE OF ALL KINDS OF PROPAGANDA, LIES AND CALUMNIES ... WE WILL HAVE TOURISTS." A DIFFERENT TYPE OF STORY FROM CUBA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9JQT0ZRTXKMYQMEE86U563G10
    Media URN:
    VLVA9JQT0ZRTXKMYQMEE86U563G10
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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