Today I was surprised to read that over 1000 listings are available on Air BnB in Cuba, an incredible number considering that Internet is slow and the AirBnB business model requires a bank account in foreign currency and easy access to Internet and email.
Many anti Cubans in Miami like to paint a picture of Cuba living in the dark ages, they forget that the Cubans in the island are just like themselves, trying to make a good living and ingenious and certainly less fraudulent.
1000 listing in such a short period of time?
I realize that it is going to hurt a certain sector of the population, the Jinatero, of the hustler who takes a commission when he takes you to a casa particular.
Imagine, now the commission charged by Air BnB is much less than the commission charged by Jinateros and others in the society trying to make a living by referring people to restaurants, casa particulares or any other services. Also, with such a vast exposure, the intending american tourist can have the casa particular ready and the owner could pick him up, again without having to pay commission to a third party in Cuba. It is a serious economic blow to that particular segment of the population.
Normally the commission is around 20 per cent and AirBnB is around 15%.