CUBA condemned new US sanctions on its tourism industry on Wednesday as an “upsurge” in the 55-year US blockade.
Cuban Foreign Ministry director-general of US affairs Josefina Vidal told reporters the US Treasury Department’s newly applied measures, announced in June, were “arbitrary.”
They reverse the Obama administration’s relaxing of tourism restrictions that limited visitors to Washington-approved package tours.
They also prohibit US firms doing business with Cuban tourism agency Gaesa on the grounds that it is administered by the Defence Ministry — as many civilian projects in Cuba are.
“These measures confirm there is a serious reversal in bilateral relations which has occurred as a result of the decisions taken by the government of President Donald Trump,” Ms Vidal said.
She warned the policy would harm Cuba’s economy, US citizens and US businesses.