Airbnb Expands to Cuba

8312945783_dd913054d3_zAfter President Obama’s¬†announcement in December 2014 about allowing some travel and trade with Cuba after 50 years of isolation, Airbnb announced yesterday that they will be expanding into Cuba.

“We couldn’t be more excited that, starting today, licensed U.S. travelers will now be able to experience the unique culture and warm hospitality that makes the island so special through our new Cuban community,” said Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk.

While it’s now easier for Americans to travel to Cuba and do business there, the more liberal travel restrictions don’t allow for tourism in the traditional sense.

Americans still need to obtain a license to visit Cuba for business, school or 12 other reasons spelled out by the U.S. government. Currently, the service is only open to licensed U.S. travelers, though Airbnb said it will seek authorization to expand the service to travelers from other countries.

Find out more about how Airbnb plans to operate in Cuba at CNN Money.

Photo courtesy of: Jay Galvin