But that was under the watchful eye of Cuban officials.
Foreign business people here say the most important changes are in the attitudes of Cuban officials toward international investment.
At the time, the Cuban officials indicated they would not stand in the way of those who wanted to leave.
Cuban officials could not be reached for comment on the incident.
Cuban officials say they would like a tourist development in the area instead.
Cuban officials have not produced evidence to support their accusations.
But six years ago, when Cuban officials invited him to attend a cultural conference, he said no.
"It is not a pure space for books," said one Cuban official.
Cuban officials have not said whether they would welcome American reporters.
Giving a party for 500 is hard enough without Cuban officials trying to spoil the fun.