Travel article contains pronoun/antecedent Glitch.

I read an interesting article this weekend about continuing restrictions on U. S. travel to Cuba. In January of this year, many thought the 50-year-old embargo was about to be lifted, but according to Arthur Frommer ("Budget Travel"), interest groups in Florida may be pressuring the U. S. Treasury Department to keep restrictions on travel to Cuba in place.

I haven't written about agreement Glitches for a while (too busy with apostrophes and commas), but this sentence caught my eye in Frommer's article:

Other tour operators announced radically increased prices for its tour programs to Cuba, given the need to operate constant activites and meetings for which it would need to pay heavy fees to the Cubans who would actually operate such programs.

 The subject of this sentence is OPERATORS, referring to the other OPERATORS (plural) who increased their prices after Abercrombie & Kent canceled its Cuba tour program because the U. S. Treasury issued a statement requiring those who would tour Cuba to remain constantly with a group and have no one-on-one contact with Cubans as individuals. Notice that the first sentence of this paragraph has ABERCROMBIE & KENT (singular) as the subject and uses ITS (singular) correctly for the pronoun.the  that that  

The sentence highlighted above uses the pronoun ITS to refer back to OPERATORS, which is incorrect.  OPERATORS requires the plural pronouns THEIR and THEY.  The sentence should read as follows:

Other tour operators announced radically increased prices for their tour programs to Cuba, given the need to operate constant activites and meetings for which they would need to pay heavy fees to the Cubans who would actually operate such programs.


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