Monday, March 31, 2008

Cuba Libre

I was reminded of that famous saying of Anatole France , "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." when i read this item on the BBC website that the Cuban government has lifted a ban on its citizens staying in hotels previously reserved for foreigners . Hotel employees said unofficially that they had been told by officials that Cubans would be allowed to stay in hotels across the island from midnight on Monday .

However:

The new Cuban hotel guests, like the foreign tourists, will have to pay in hard currency when - most Cubans are estimated to earn between 400 non-convertible (Cuban) pesos (eg a factory worker), to about 700 (eg a professional) - the equivalent of between £9 and £15 a month .

So some reform that it going to be - the freedom of the workers to stay at the Ritziest , Savoyest hotels - just as long as you can pay the room rate in dollars or sterling or Swiss francs !!

1 comment:

Marc Masferrer said...

As long as raúl castro is dictator, there will be no room at tourist hotels for these Cubans.