Cuba Lifts Restriction on Hotel Stays for Citizens

1st April 2008 (Last Updated April 1st, 2008 10:34)

Cuba has opened the doors of its hotels – previously the exclusive domain of foreigners - to Cuban citizens. While there was no official word from the government, hotel employees said Ministry of Tourism officials told them that as of Monday, Cubans can stay in hotels and resorts across

Cuba has opened the doors of its hotels – previously the exclusive domain of foreigners – to Cuban citizens.

While there was no official word from the government, hotel employees said Ministry of Tourism officials told them that as of Monday, Cubans can stay in hotels and resorts across the island, AP reports.

For most Cubans the measure is largely symbolic, as hotel rates are unaffordable.

Hotels in Cuba cost from US$60 to more than US$200 a night – out of reach for most Cubans, as the average wage is less than US$20 a month.

The hotel ban was put in place by previous President Fidel Castro, largely to prevent Cubans from mingling with foreign tourists on an island where information is tightly controlled.

By staff writer