The Hilton in Port of Spain, owned by the Trinidadian government and managed by the U.S. company, was to be the venue for tomorrow’s Cuba-Caricom summit. But such a use would involve “services that benefit the Cuban government” contrary to U.S. embargo regulations, so Hilton sought a license from the Treasury Department. The request was turned down and the summit will be moved. Local stories here and here.
Update (12/8): The U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain says Treasury didn’t make a decision on the license application, which was received November 28, so it is wrong to say that the application was rejected. In fact, the U.S. spokesman says, the application is “pending.” The summit is today.