Ok, this will be short and sweet.
There is a legitimate case of people complaining about how tourism will ruin Cuba: When Cubans do it.
Wait, I guess if you live in the island but are a foreigner you can do it too.
Everyone else sounds pretty dumb when they say this. Why? Well, first of all, tourism is already one of Cuba’s most important industries, so your concerns are stupid. As if that wasn’t reason enough, let me spell out this conversation- I have unfortunately heard several times- for you:
“Tourist 1: Ugh I wanna go to Cuba before tourism ruins it!
Tourist 2; Yeah, totally!!”
Please, pleaaaase tell me you see why it’s stupid for tourist to want to be tourists in Cuba before tourism ruins it. I mean, I’m not saying you’re completely wrong, I’m just saying it’s stupid to be a tourist and complain about how YOU, and what you are doing or want to do will ruin the island.
Honestly, if you really believe it’s gonna ruin it, then have a shred of human decency and don’t go. If you go (and no, in this case no one cares if you’re “a traveler instead of a tourist”), then shut up and don’t pretend like you’re not part of what is “ruining the island.”
There are several issues that are arising from this situation, legitimate concerns over the quality of people’s lives, and fear of economic dominance on the US’ part. Concerns that are a billion times more important than people’s desire to earn hipster points for “getting to the island first!”
Basically the message here is: Get your head out of your ass :)