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ECHARRI CHAVEZ, Maité; CISNEROS MUSTELIER, Lourdes; ROBERT BEATON, Martha Omara  and  PERERA CONDE, Lidié. Tourist Entrepreneurship: Realities and Challenges for Cuba. Econ. y Desarrollo [online]. 2019, vol.161, n.1, e5. ISSN ISSN.

The updating of the Cuban economic and social model has allowed business to diversify, and stimulated individuals and groups to use their abilities to start a small business in several sectors throughout the country. Guest houses and trades people have helped the service sector, especially tourism. They are having a local and regional impact which needs to be described and assessed for other small business opportunities to be identified. The research results were obtained by doing fieldwork through a survey to guest house owners and trades people for tourism in five Cuban cities. Both kinds of small businesses, their profit, and negative impacts are compared.

Keywords : local development; destinations; impacts; tourism.

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