What Airbnb Will Mean for Cuban Entrepreneurs and American Travelers

April 3, 2015 4:03 PM

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This is encouraging news for entrepreneurs in Cuba, who have been letting out portions of private residences, or Casa Particulares as they are known, since the late 1990s. These Casa Particulares were one of the very limited private sector activities authorized under Fidel Castro.

So Airbnb - which isn't the only online portal to list Casa Particulares in Cuba - is not creating a new business model there so much as elevating the profile of those that already exist to generations of American travelers eager to see the island.

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