North American chain Marriot closes operations in Cuba
The North American chain Marriot closed operations of the Sheraton Four Points in Havana -former Hotel Quinta Avenida- as of September 1 due to pressures from the current US administration.
According to the digital bulletin Reportur, the measure responds to the suspension of the license to that chain to operate hotels in Cuba.
Last June, the United States Department of the Treasury informed Marriot that it would not allow it to open other hotels that were in the process of being prepared and ordered it to close the Sheraton Four Points in Havana.
This was the only hotel managed by a U.S. company in Cuba and in 2018, the Donald Trump administration had renewed the license that it now decided to suspend.
Marriot began operations in Cuba in 2016, as part of the measures of rapprochement and relaxation of relations between the United States and Cuba, adopted during the term of President Barack Obama (2009-2017).
For her part, the company's Director of Communication for Latin America and the Caribbean, Kerstin Sachl, pointed out that her chain considers Cuba a desired destination to visit by travelers, including Americans, while expressing the hope of a reopening of operations in the country if the United States government grants permission to do business on the island again.