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Posted August 04, 2008 by publisher in US Embargo

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If you read our recent post about Minxia getting fined $1.2million for Cuba sanctions violations then you might wonder how companies like Ask.com and Kayak.com can openly advertise Cuba travel services.

I found these two advertisements today in Google.

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I am not suggesting that they are doing anything wrong.

I’m sure their legal departments have reviewed the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and have decided that they are in compliance with the regulations but I find it interesting that these two very large corporations are indirectly promoting travel to Cuba. I suppose that’s the key word… indirectly.

Read our OFAC section for more information regarding this US Treasury department called the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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Continuing on…

In March of this year British citizen Stephen Marshall had his Cuba websites shut down by OFAC because he had his domains registered at US based EnomCentral.com. He was not doing business in the US at all from what I understand yet OFAC caused the seizure of his domains.

So then, tell me why SolMeliaCuba.com which owns many hotels in Cuba like this one in Varadero apparently is not in violation of Cuba sanctions.

SolMeliaCuba.com is registered at 000domains.com which is a reseller for US based Dotster.

Furthermore, all these domains listed below are owned by Sol Melia and are registered at the US based GoDaddy:

solmeliacuba.info
5-starcubahotels.com
Alad2007.com
Allinclusivecuba.com
Beachotel.com
BiotecnologiaHabana.com
Bookcubahotels.com
bookingcubahotels.com
cohiba-habanacafe.com
cuba-allinclusive.com
cuba-habanacafe.com
cuba-varadero.com
cubaallinclusiveresort.com
cubaallinclusivetravel.com
cubaallinclusivevacation.com
cubagolfpackages.com
cubahavana.us
cubahavanatravel.com
cubahoneymoondestination.com
cubahoneymoonpackages.com
cubahoneymoonvacation.com
cubahoteloffers.com
cubahotelsnetwork.com
cubahotelstravel.com
cubahotelsweb.com
cubakeys.com
cubaoffers.com
cubapackages.com
cubaparadisus.com
cubaparadisus.us
cubasolmelia.com
cubatryp.com
cubavinales.com
cubavinalestour.com
cubaweddingpackage.com
e-cubatravel.com
e-solways.com
e-traveltocuba.com
flightsincuba.com
flyingtocuba.com
freeweddingcuba.com
gardenvillascuba.com
go2havana.com
go2havana.us
go2varadero.com
gocubadirect.com
golfmelia.com
golfparadisus.com
gotovaradero.us
havanamelia.com
holguinspa.com
honeymooncayo.com
honeymoonpackagecuba.com
honeymoonparadisus.com
honeymoonsincuba.com
honeymoonvacationcuba.com
hotelparadisus.us
lastminutehabana.com
lastminutehavana.com
lastminutevaradero.com
letsgocuba.com
melia-cayococo.com
melia-cayoguillermo.com
melia-cayosantamaria.com
melia-cohiba.com
melia-habana.com
melia-lasamericas.com
melia-lasantillas.com
melia-lasdunas.com
melia-santiagodecuba.com
melia-varadero.com
meliacuba.com
meliagolf.com
packages-allinclusive.com
paradisus-princesadelmar.com
paradisus-riodeoro.com
paradisus-varadero.com
paradisuscuba.com
paradisusgolf.com
paradisushotel.us
paradisusofcuba.com
paradisusresort.com
resort-allinclusive.com
resortcuba.com
santiagocafe.com
sol-cayococo.com
sol-cayoguillermo.com
sol-cayolargo.com
sol-cayosantamaria.com
sol-palmeras.com
sol-pelicano.com
sol-riodelunaymares.com
sol-sirenascoral.com
solcaribetours.com
solmeliacuba.biz
solmeliacuba.us
solmeliacubaonline.com
solmeliacubata.com
solmeliagolf.com
solmeliaonline.com
solmeliawedding.com
solways.com
solwayschile.com
solwayscuba.com
solwaysdreams.com
solwayspackages.com
solwaysvacation.com
solwaysvacations.com
teetimecuba.com
thehabanacafe.com
topcubadestinations.com
tpchannel.com
travel-allinclusive.com
travelagentscuba.com
tryp-cayococo.com
tryp-habanalibre.com
tryp-peninsulavaradero.com
trypcuba.com
trypresort.com
vacation-allinclusive.com
varaderocafe.com
varaderohoneymoon.com
varaderomelia.com
varaderospa.com
varaderowedding.com
Villaclarakeys.com
weddingcayo.com
weddingcubachannel.com
weddingparadisus.com
weddingplanningcuba.com

Makes me wonder why OFAC goes after some companies and not others.

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