Thanks to popular vacation rental sites like Airbnb, you no longer have to shell out big bucks on a hotel room every time you go on vacation. The website is a huge hit with listings in over 190 countries, and now it's bringing its services to Cuba.
Airbnb's expansion to Cuba became possible when the U.S. eased travel restrictions on the island nation. The company then contacted the U.S. government to make sure its expansion was on the up-and-up.
Airbnb’s first step into Cuba is likely only the beginning, says Dan Restrepo, a former adviser to President Obama on Latin America and the Caribbean who has consulted for Airbnb on its Cuba expansion: “So little has happened between the U.S. and Cuba for so long, I don’t think anyone really knows how this will develop.” But, he says, “this creates connectivity between two peoples in a way that is outside the reach of government on both sides.”
Currently, there are already 1,000 Airbnb listings in Cuba to choose from.