Airbnb just opened for business in a surprising new country

April 2, 2015 12:55 PM

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Airbnb, #4 on Fortune‘s “unicorn” list of tech startups worth more than $1 billion, is one of the first U.S. companies to announce plans to open operations in Cuba. The move comes less than four months after the U.S. and Cuba shocked the world by unveiling plans to repair a relationship between the two countries that had been strained for over 50 years.

Starting today, the room-booking startup will list some 1,000 Cuban properties for American users on its site, and around half of them will be in the capital Havana.

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