Cuba's so-called ''tourism apartheid'' — which has long prohibited locals from staying at hotels — ends at midnight tonight, according to news agencies in Havana.
The measure may be largely symbolic: a night's stay at a luxury hotel in Cuba can cost more than $200 — which is just about what the average Cuban earns in a year.
But the move ends a ban that many Cubans had fixated on as a prime example of the inequities and hardships they faced under Fidel Castro's regime and may an indication of how rapidly Castro's brother, Raul, who over the nation's presidency five weeks ago intends to assert control. Over the weekend Raul ended the ban on Cubans owning personal mobile phones, computers and household appliances.
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