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TripAdvisor: Interest in travel to Cuba increases to triple digits

Cuban-Americans in Central Florida would like to return

Local 6 News at 6:00p
Local 6 News at 6:00p

The travel website Tripadvisor.com claims interest in travel to Cuba increased by triple digits in one day.

According to the site-- U.S. site inquiries to Cuba spiked 293 percent on Wednesday, compared to the previous day. 

The spike came the same day President Barack Obama announced the plan to normalize relations with the country.

"It doesn't surprise me," Amy Moret said.  

Moret is a Winter Park hairstylist who left Cuba when she was just 3years old. Since travel restrictions are so rigid, she was only able to return twice to visit family.

 "It was very difficult," she said.  

 She has longed to return and apparently she's not the only one.

Current travel to Cuba from the U.S. is limited, some family visits, religious and humanitarian trips or educational or professional research.

This won't be changing anytime soon given the travel embargo that's still in place, but some feel its the first step.

"In my mothers lifetime she couldn't see it," Moret said.  

"But maybe in mine we can go to Cuba and be with our people,"  she said.

Tourist and leisure travel to the country is still prohibited.