Published on : Thursday, November 9, 2017
The United States Government had issued tighter regulations on travel trade with Cuba government curbing the airlines, hotels and other transportation services, making the crisis in the tourism market of Cuba .
The tight regulations for Americans to visit Cuba and do business in the country, making good on a pledge by President Donald Trump to roll back his Democratic predecessor’s move toward warmer ties with Havana.
The restrictions are aimed at preventing the military, intelligence and security arms of Cuba’s Communist government from benefiting from American tourists and trade.
They fill in the regulatory detail on a US President Donald Trump policy speech in June, in which the Republican president called for a tightening of restrictions. He said then that the Cuban government continued to tyrannize its people and former President Barack Obama had made too many concessions in his 2014 diplomatic breakthrough with Washington’s former Cold War foe.
These strict regulations include a ban on Americans doing business with some 180 Cuban government entities, holding companies, and tourism companies.
The list includes 83 state-owned hotels, including famous hotels in Old Havana such as Ernest Hemingway’s erstwhile favourite disturb the Hotel Ambos Mundos, as well as the city’s new luxury shopping mall.
These new rules were condemned as too slack by Republican leaders who favour a hard line, but as counterproductive by those who agreed with Obama’s rationale for the detente: that Washington’s many decades of isolating the Caribbean island failed to force change.
The hotels in Cuba are listed built-in those run by military-linked chains Gaviota and Habaguanex. Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Cuban-American, said the list failed to go far enough because it omitted companies like Gran Caribe Hotel Group and Cubanacan that have ties to the Cuban government.
The Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said the regulations were unfair to Cuba, coming as Trump was being feted in Beijing by a Communist government in a country to which Americans can travel freely.
The hypocrisy of the White House ideologues is glaring. But there is no instant or direct retort to the new regulations from the Cuban government, whether they will take any action for that.