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Norway hotel under fire for turning away Cubans

Author: Doug Mellgren, AP, Published on: 5 January 2007

A hotel owned by the Hilton Hotel Corp. faced an uproar...for refusing to book rooms for a Cuban delegation because of the U.S. trade embargo on the communist-run island. The Cuban delegation...planned to stay at the Scandic Edderkoppen Hotel...However, Hilton bought the 140-hotel Scandic group in March, and the Cubans were informed in December that they would have to find another hotel...The Anti-Racist Center in Oslo filed a police complaint against the hotels, saying Norwegian law ensures that “no one can be denied access based on their citizenship or ethnic origin.” Christina Karlegran, regional spokeswoman for the Hilton and Scandic group, said the company was bound by the rules of the...U.S. embargo...In a similar case in March, Mexico's government ordered the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel [part of Starwood] in Mexico City to pay $112,000 fine for expelling 16 Cuban guests.

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Related companies: Hilton Sheraton (part of Starwood Hotels) Starwood Hotels