Expedia fined over $300K for sanctions violations from its tours to apartheid Cuba

There is a lot of risk involved in offering apartheid tours to a country run by a murderous and corrupt dictatorship subject to U.S. sanctions. Expedia has learned that lesson the hard way.

Via USA Today:

Travel booking company Expedia was fined over $300,000 for breaching U.S. sanctions by selling Cuba travel tours and packages, according to a U.S. Department of the Treasury report released Thursday.

Per the report, Expedia was in violation of a rule put in place in 1963 that regulates the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. 

The report stated that the violations occurred between 2011 and 2014 because certain Expedia foreign subsidiaries lacked an understanding of and familiarity with U.S. economic sanctions laws.

Expedia voluntarily disclosed the violations to the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, according to another bulletin posted by the department.

Expedia did not immediately return USA TODAY’s request for comment. 

Expedia and its subsidiaries paid $325,406 to the U.S. government for “assisting 2,221 persons — some of whom were Cuban nationals — with travel or travel-related services for travel within Cuba or between Cuba and locations outside the United States,” the report states. 

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