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Airbnb now listing properties in Cuba

President Obama is in Jamaica and is headed to the Summit of the Americas in Panama. Cuba will also attend the summit for the first time in history. It’s taking part in the meetings at the request of the United States. It’s expected that the two countries will hold talks where issues such as the reopening of embassies is likely to be discussed. The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has already had a major impact on the travel industry and last week Airbnb opened up its listing site in Cuba. The company is taking advantage of looser telecommunications and trade restrictions that have been put in place. Still, a lot of obstacles remain, including access to the internet. Samantha Shankman, a reporter at Skift, a travel industry news company, joins us to talk about the potential impact. PHOTO:Tourists walk beside two privately owned houses with rooms for rent in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 1, 2015.(AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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