Airbnb celebrated its first anniversary in Cuba

Posted: 18-Apr-16 19:51

Having launched in Cuba one year ago, property letting website Airbnb is celebrating the occasion with a huge gift for those planning to visit the island this month. Providing you're a first-time guest in Cuba, you could receive up to $500 off the cost of your stay if you book and complete your holiday with the company before the start of May.

Airbnb celebrated its first anniversary in Cuba

Given the shortage of serviceable accommodation in Cuba and the ever increasing demand for places to stay, Airbnb was always going to be a good fit for the country – and now, having established itself on the island one year ago, the company was giving something back to new visitors.

To commemorate the anniversary, Airbnb was giving first-time guests up to $500 off the cost of their Cuban bookings; but they have to act fast in order to bag these great savings, as only the first 100 tourists to jump on the deal were eligible and all stays had to be booked and completed by April 30.

All people have to do was reserve any of the almost 4,000 Airbnb properties listed in the country for any time this month and lucky guests, received a congratulatory email informing you of your savings within five days of your booking.

Cutting the red tape

Naturally, there were still a few hoops to jump through when visiting Cuba and prospective travellers from America must first familiarise themselves with the US government’s 12 permissible travel categories, which include things like religious, humanitarian and educational visits to name a few.

Though a recent relaxation in US travel restrictions has made it acceptable to journey to the country as a solo visitor. It is still vital that US tourists take note of the pre-approved conditions and make sure their trip fits the bill.

Providing your trip complies with the current restrictions, however, April is a great opportunity to potentially see the country for next to nothing – and all before the major influx of tourism arrives in Cuba when commercial air routes from America open for the first time in 50 years later this summer.


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