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27 de julio de 1999

CUBA’S TOURISM APARTHEID IS MOST SEVERE IN CAIBARIEN By Juan Carlos Recio Martínez, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The entrance to Santa Maria and other tourist attractions in Cuba’s Caibarién keys, above the north central part of the island, is open only to visiting exiles and foreigners with their families. Only they can enjoy a stroll on that coast now -- their Cuban friends and acquaintances are excluded.

Ordinary Cubans also are prohibited from local rental of vehicles because from now on, only vehicles owned by a tourist, rented from a state enterprise or belonging to an exile’s relatives may enter the tourist area.

A specialist in the franchise tourist agency "Rumbos" said the measures were taken to eliminate the "boteros" (private taxis). Until March of this year, the private taxis could enter only with the presentation of a passport and a $5 payment by each guest.

Juan Carlos Recio Martinez, Cuba Free Press.


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