Starting this week, Cubans will be able to list their homes on Airbnb. The accommodations-listing service says there are over 1,000 listings in the country. 

“For the first time in decades, licensed American travelers will have the chance to experience authentic Cuban hospitality at homes across the island,” Aribnb said in a post on its blog

In the post, Airbnb said that it is “building on the rich Cuban tradition of home sharing.” 

“Cubans have been welcoming visitors into their homes for decades,” the Airbnb said. “Casas particulares — a network of private home stays — have been a popular choice for visitors, as well as an important source of income for thousands of Cuban families.”

Airbnb also said that the company is “uniquely positioned to help Cubans reap the rewards of economic growth while preserving their unique culture.” 

“When Airbnb guests stay in local neighborhoods, they bring business to surrounding entrepreneurs — whether they be hosts, artists or even ice cream shop owners,” Airbnb said. 

Last December, the Obama administration announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba. Currently, U.S. citizens can visit Cuba if they go with an authorized group for one of 12 approved reasons, including professional, educational, religious and humanitarian purposes. 


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