US sanctions Airbnb for accepting guests in Cuba

The US company must pay a fine of $ 91,000

The United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) fined the digital accommodation platform Airbnb for accepting guests in Cuba, which violates the provisions established by that entity as part of the economic, commercial and economic blockade measures. financial that the northern country maintains against the Island.

According to OFAC, the tourist company accepted payments from Americans who traveled to the Caribbean country outside of the 12 categories authorized by the White House, for which reason it agreed to pay $ 91,000 to settle its potential civil liability for the apparent infraction, highlights the published information by Prensa Latina agency.

Ben Rhodes, former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2017), called the fine “stupid, counterproductive and Trumpian” for denying Americans the ability to directly provide income to Cubans and establish connections between our peoples.

Since 2015, the Airbnb company launched its services in Cuba, but the restrictive measures adopted later during the term of then-President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and maintained under the current Joe Biden administration, limit the scope of its business, the note highlights. .

During his electoral campaign, US President Joe Biden assured that he would reverse the sanctions established by the then tenant of the White House Donald Trump, which harm Cuban families, however, the hostile policy continues intact with a blockade intensified by the 243 provisions adopted to suffocate the Greater Antilles, 55 of them in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source : Granma