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For Nandes, the booming business of tourism in Cuba is a sign of good things to come for everyone.
"You know I'm going to tell you one thing. We live off tourism. If there's no tourism, there's no life," he says. "Just look at the grocery stores here: They're empty because people have gone to other provinces."
He says the money generated by tourism will trickle back down: People working at the resorts will take his horse cart to get around town, he says.
Travel writer says there is speculation that 1 million new American tourists would flood the country in the first year following the end of the embargo, and 2 to 3 million annually after that.
"Have you been to Haiti?
That's what Cuba used to look like.
A few people were rich, and everyone else was starving."