19 JUN 2019: Expedia has been fined more than US $325,000 for violating the Cuba embargo going back to before travel restrictions were eased by the Obama administration. A US Department of the Treasury report said that between April 2011 and October 2014, Expedia facilitated travel for more than 2,000 people to travel to Cuba from a third country, including for Cuban nationals.

The Treasury Department said that after acquiring a foreign travel company, Expedia did not tell the firm for 15 months that it was subject to US laws and that the issues related mostly to Expedia subsidiaries.

It said the company 'failed to exercise a minimal degree of caution' to avoid breaching anti-Cuba sanctions, but acknowledged that Expedia disclosed the violations itself when it became aware of them and took measures to bolster its compliancy of US economic sanctions.

The Treasury also handed down fines to the US division of Hotelbeds Group, which agreed to pay a US $222,705 settlement, and Cubasphere Inc. which settled for $40,320.

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