Tourism apartheid — the practice of providing the best of Cuban accommodations and services for foreigners rather than Cubans themselves — has been going on for decades on the island.

For years, Cubans were prohibited from setting foot inside hotels and restaurants reserved for tourists, diplotiendas that stocked imported goods were off limits and only foreigners could buy and use cellphones. That’s no longer the case if Cubans have the money to pay for goods and services, but other vestiges of tourism apartheid persist.

Few high-profile Cubans, however, have taken on tourism inequality in a public fashion until comedian Pánfilo, whose real name is Luis Silva, skewered it in a recent post on his Facebook page.



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