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MITM Americas 2009 in Havana, Cuba

( The fifteenth edition of MITM Americas, Meetings and Incentive Travel Market, will be held in Havana, Cuba on November 18 and 19 of this year.

MITM is an international event and, as such, MITM invites USA travel trade organizations and companies to attend educational seminars and to exhibit in this international travel trade event with the understanding that they may travel to Cuba for said purposes. In fact, MITM says, “There are no restrictions to travel to Cuba" but:

- It is illegal for people under US jurisdiction to have transactions (spend money or receive gifts) in Cuba under MOST circumstances.
- It is legal for American to have transactions (spend money or receive
gifts) in Cuba if they have a “Specific License" or are under a “General License."
- The US government is arbitrary about how it interprets its rule and who it issues licenses to.

A journalist or a professional going to conferences might be able to go to Cuba, under a “General License" ­ with no red tape.

Among activities the US MAY approve under Specific Licenses are:

“Exportation, Importation, or Transmission of information or Information Materials," which MITM understands covers international trade exhibitions.

MITM intends to request a ³General License² from the OFAC agency of the US Department of Treasure. Also, exhibitors can apply for a ³Specific License² to OFAC at the US Department of Treasure: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Annex Building 2nd floor Washington DC 20220. If interested, MITM will provide exhibitors with a sample letter.

MITM is keeping its successful format of individual pre-requested and pre-assigned individual meetings between exhibitors and incentive and convention buyers from Europe, Mexico, and Brazil, continuing as a small travel trade fair, giving priority to quality instead of quantity and matching the number of exhibitors and buyers.

MITM events are organized by GSAR Marketing, a Spanish corporation, based in Madrid, Spain.

Charo Trabado Comercial Director Email: Tel: +34 91 541 43 08 Fax: +34 91 542 07 00

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