Cuba's debut on Airbnb blossoming overnight

Posted: 15-May-15 12:45

Airbnb's Cuba online portal has been live for little more than a month and already the Caribbean island destination has become the company's fastest growing market. Growing in an unprecedented manner since first launching online, listings for Cuban B&B properties have doubled, making the country Airbnb's most rapidly booming destination.

Cuba's debut on Airbnb blossoming overnight

It’s only been a little over a month since Airbnb launched its Cuba micro-site showcasing the largest ever collection of privately-owned B&Bs (also popularly known as casas particulares) and already the site has garnered so much attention and proved such a massive success that it’s become the company’s fastest-growing market.

Speaking to Bloomberg TV, CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky revealed that since the launch of the new portal the number of Cuban listings for B&Bs properties has doubled from an initial number of 1,000 to a total of around 2,000 now.

With listings starting from as little as $10 per night and including the traditional casas particulares in which entrepreneurial Cuban hosts living on the property add a touch of authenticity and heart-warming Cuban hospitality; the huge selection of locations and the availability of room rates for all budgets, make the options listed online both affordable and varied.

Whatever the experience a traveller is looking for in Cuba, they can find it at Airbnb as their range of listings go from high-end luxury properties (the kind that sometimes surpasses the quality and service of five-star hotels in the island) to chic boutique hideouts, family-friendly retreats, grand colonial homes and primely positioned properties located at the centre of all the action or offering magnificent sea or city views.

Airbnb’s director for Latin America, Kay Kuehne said to the Huffington Post;

"Cuba's existing network of 'casas particulares' means that many of our hosts are already experienced at welcoming visitors,"

"We're excited by how quickly our host community in Cuba has grown."

Kuehne went on to explain how in some of the company’s biggest markets, like Berlin and San Francisco, it had taken three years to build up to a total of 1,000 listings. In Cuba the site launched with already 1,000 property listings and it only took a month to double that figure.

With the recently relaxed travel restrictions for Americans visiting Cuba, the Airbnb offering adds another dimension of possibilities to U.S. travellers planning to discover what had been for decades their only forbidden fruit. Charter flights to Havana are already in operation from various U.S. airports (Miami and New York) while direct commercial flights to the island are expected to launch at some point soon in the not-so-distant future.

As featured in Conde Nast Traveler's "Colourful Cuba Airbnb Apartments You Can Rent Right Now" this selection of upscale privately-owned properties in Cuba gives you a taste of the wide variety of accommodation that's available and at the reach of only a few clicks.


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