By Frank Martin
TTC Service.- Among the companies around the world that ignore President Donald Trump’s sanctions on Cuba are some from the United States, ready to redouble their business with the island.
The very bad relations of the island and Donald Trump’s administration didn’t stop visits to Cuba of more than a quarter million US tourists in the first four months of 2019.
The increase in tourist’s arrivals from the United States, the opening of another route by American Airline and the visit of a Spanish minister last week showed little initial effectiveness of the new sanctions applied by Washington to Cuba.
An official source reported in Havana that Canadians rank first in arrivals and Americans second.
During the first four months of 2019, 2,000,000 foreign tourists visited the island.
President Trump authorized American courts to receive legal complaints against Cuba from American citizens whose business were confiscated in early 1960 decade.
American companies as big as Carnival and American Airlines reacted in a peculiar way to such Washington action.
Carnival clarified that it does not own properties in Cuba and only uses its port facilities for cruisers, and American Airline opened a new route to Santiago, the second most important Cuban city.
Last week the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, María Reyes, made an official visit to Havana, in order to assure that “Spain’s investments in Cuba have a present and future.”
The Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell affirmed from Spain that the European government ‘will defend the interests of Spanish companies’ against the American lawsuits.