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Trump administration orders Marriott to close its Cuban hotels

Trump administration orders Marriott to close its Cuban hotels
The Four Points by Sheraton Havana.

The Trump administration recently ordered Marriott to close its Four Points Sheraton hotel in Havana by August 31st. 

The hotel chain was also instructed to leave its other hotels on the island closed. 

"We recently received a notice that the government license will not be renewed, forcing Marriott to cease operations in Cuba," the company said in a statement.

In 2016, Marriott became the first American hotel company to sign an agreement with Cuba since the 1959 revolution. It also became one of the symbols of the normalization of relations between the two countries operated by former U.S. president Barack Obama.

But the arrival of Donald Trump at the White House marked the end of this policy, instead tightening the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. 

In June 2019,  the 45th President of the United States imposed a series of new sanctions on the island  prohibiting cruise ships departing from the United States and educational travel for its nationals.

Donald Trump had promised, however, that he would not disturb the existing contracts of American companies with Cuba.

If Marriott has no other choice but to comply with this injunction, it nevertheless hopes to be able to return to Cuba as soon as possible, as a spokesperson for the group expressed to Reuters.

“Marriott continues to believe that Cuba is a destination that travelers, including Americans, want to visit. Marriott is looking forward to reopening in Cuba if and when the US government authorizes us to do business there."

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