Marriott hotel chain closes operations in Cuba forced by Trump

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Marriott hotel chain closes operations in Cuba forced by Trump

02 September 2020
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The US government decided not to renew the license and with this a passage of commercial rapprochement promoted by Barack Obama is closed. Photo: El Periódico.

Marriott, a prestigious hotel chain, announced the closure of its operations in Cuba, after the President of the United States, Donald Trump , refused to renew its license to operate in our country.

“We can confirm that starting tomorrow (Tuesday) Marriott will no longer be operating the Four Points by Sheraton in Havana,” Kerstin Sachl, the company’s director of Communication for Latin America and the Caribbean, told Efe
No license to operate

Although it has been closed for some time due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the Four Points was the only hotel stronghold of the United States in Cuba, and an example of the rapprochement carried out in the previous administration of Barack Obama (2009-2017) with the authorities Cuban.

Last June, Marriott had reported the decision of the Trump administration not to renew its license to operate in Cuba, which gave it until August 31 to end its activities.

This decision also meant the suspension of any plan that Marriott might have to open new hotels on the island.

Commercial and political project

The American hotel chain also planned to acquire the Hotel Inglaterra, with 83 rooms and located in the central Paseo del Prado, a few steps from the Capitol and the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater, but this operation was not finalized.

The Four Points by Sheraton was thus the only hotel managed by a US company in Cuba, after the approach and lifting of trade restrictions initiated in December 2014 by the previous Obama administration, which President Trump has gradually dismantled.

Marriott entered the Cuban hotel market in 2016 , thanks to an agreement with the island’s communist authorities, after which the Trump Administration reviewed and renewed the license in 2018, before deciding this year to suspend it.

(With information from El Periodico)

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