“Today’s announcement will encourage people-to-people exchanges between Cubans and Americans, help meet soaring demand for rooms, and support and further encourage entrepreneurship and private enterprise in Cuba.
“Airbnb’s entry into Cuba is a prime example of the mutual benefit to Cubans and Americans that can come from relaxing U.S. sanctions.
“Their entry provides a high-profile, global technology platform to highlight and support a long history of hospitality and entrepreneurship by Cuban citizens through Casa Particulares. Casa Particulares date back to the late 1990s in Cuba, when government officials began letting private citizens rent out their rooms.
“We applaud Airbnb for its leadership in supporting American travelers and Cuban entrepreneurs.”
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