Airbnb to grow Cuba oper­a­tions

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT -

Online home- rental ser­vice Airbnb said it is ex­plor­ing a sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion of its oper­a­tions in Cuba two months af­ter it be­came the f irst ma­jor U. S. busi­ness to en­ter the is­land in decades.

Chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer Nathan Blechar­czyk, one of the firm’s three co- founders, said Airbnb had re­quested a spe­cial li­cense al­low­ing peo­ple from out­side the U. S. to use the San Fran­cisco busi­ness to re­serve stays at pri­vate homes in­side Cuba.

Airbnb cur­rently books lodg­ing only for U. S. res­i­dents go­ing to Cuba for 12 spe­cial pur­poses, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tional travel and re­li­gious out­reach.

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