City Tours Now | Expedia Will Pay $325,000 To Settle Cuba Travel Allegations
Find city tours activities guided city tours and things to do with citytoursnow.com
Tours and activities,london tours,istanbul tours,barcelona tours,berlin tours,dubai tours,new york tours,activities,things to do,paris tours,City Tours, Guided Tours,sightseen Tours,city passes,Istanbul City tours,Paris city tours,guide tours,full day tours,Berlin City Tours,Barcelona City Tours,Madrid City tours,Amsterdam City Tours,Amsterdam Guided Tours,Istanbul Guided Tours,Rome City Tours,Rome Guided Tours,Dubai City Tours,Dubai Safari Tours,Dubai airport transfer,London city tours,London activities,London airport transfer,New York City Tours,New york activities,Dubai Sightseen,Budapest City Tours,Madrid City Tours,Madrid sigtseen,Reykjavik city tours,Reykjavik sightseen,Munich city tours,Munich activities,Venice city tours,Venice activities,Venice sightseen tours,Lisbon city tours,Lisbon activities,Lisbon airport transfer,prague city tours,prag activities,Florence guided tour,Florence city tours,prague guided tour,istanbul guided tours,istanbul guided tour,paris guides,amsterdam canal tours,new york guides,
9510
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-9510,single-format-standard,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode_grid_1400,footer_responsive_adv,qode-theme-ver-16.8,qode-theme-bridge,disabled_footer_top,disabled_footer_bottom,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.5.2,vc_responsive
 

Expedia Will Pay $325,000 To Settle Cuba Travel Allegations

expedia-will-pay-325000-to-settle-cuba-travel-allegations

Expedia Will Pay $325,000 To Settle Cuba Travel Allegations

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The online travel company Expedia will pay $325,000 to settle federal government allegations that it appears to have violated US sanctions against Cuba by improperly helping people travel on the island or between the island and places other than the US.

The Treasury Department announced the agreement and settlements with two other companies on Thursday.

Expedia Group Inc., which is based in Bellevue, Washington, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last week, the Trump administration announced travel restrictions that effectively banned cruise ships and private plane flights between the U.S. and Cuba, reversing an Obama administration easing of rules in 2016. The Trump administration said it took the step to deny Cuba money it gets from American tourists to force it to stop supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose 2018 election the U.S. regards as fraudulent.

The case Expedia settled, however, dates to a period between April 2011 and October 2014. The Treasury Department said that the online travel agency helped 2,221 people — including some Cuban nationals — with travel services that violated U.S. sanctions on the island country.

The government said Expedia disclosed the apparent violations. It also credited the company for taking remedial steps to strengthen compliance with U.S. economic sanctions and for cooperating with Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which handles the Cuba-sanctions regulations.

But, the Treasury Department said, despite being a sophisticated international travel company, Expedia “failed to exercise a minimal degree of caution” to avoid violating anti-Cuba sanctions. It said that after acquiring a foreign travel company, Expedia failed for 15 months to tell the company that it was subject to U.S. law.

Separately, Treasury said that Hotelbeds USA, a Florida-based subsidiary of Spain’s Hotelbeds Group, agreed to a $222,705 settlement for helping 703 people with unauthorized Cuba-related travel services from December 2011 to June 2014.

The department also announced a $40,320 settlement with Cubasphere Inc. and an unnamed person for providing travel help to 104 people on four trips to and within Cuba from December 2013 to February 2014.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments

No Comments

Post A Comment