Cuba Faces Historic Changes As Relations With U.S. Broaden
The Old Havana neighborhood in Havana, Cuba. Photograph by Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images

Airbnb Listings in Cuba Will Soon Be Open to All Travelers

Mar 20, 2016

It just got a lot easier to travel to Cuba.

Home sharing service Airbnb (airbnb) announced on Sunday that the Obama administration has authorized it to open up listings to travelers around the world, the Associated Press reports. Travelers can begin booking rentals as of April 2.

This announcement arrived on the same day that President Obama began his visit to Havana, the country's capital, and the day after Starwood Hotels & Resorts signed a deal with Cuba. As Fortune reports, Starwood has become the first U.S. hotel company to sign a deal with there in over 50 years, since Fidel Castro came into power. Currently all Cuban hotels are managed by the government and supposedly have infamously inferior service and infrastructure.

Airbnb first began offering rentals in Cuba on April 2, 2015, but they were available exclusively to U.S. travelers. Exactly one year from the date it began operations in the country, it will extend its services to consumers traveling from other countries.

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