Airbnb

Thanks to changes in travel restrictions to Cuba during the Obama administration, home-sharing services like Airbnb have been able to operate on the island. Airbnb's business in Cuba has been growing since it began in April 2015, providing both accommodations for travelers and an additional stream of income for residents.

New restrictions possible: President Trump is reportedly strongly considering a reversal of Obama's loosening of Cuban travel restrictions. This would hurt services like Airbnb, in addition to the broader impact to Cuba's tourism economy.

By the numbers: Airbnb today released its latest data on its operations in Cuba.

  • 560,000 guest arrivals in Cuba in the past two years of operating in Cuba, up from just 13,000 during the first year
  • 70,000 guest arrivals per month in 2017
  • 22,000 listings spread across 70 Cuban cities and towns, up from 4,000 in March 2016
  • $40 million paid to Cuban hosts since April 2015
  • $164 paid on average to a Cuban host per booking, down from $250 in March 2016
  • $2,700 in average annual Airbnb earnings for a Cuban host
  • 33 nights per year on average for a Cuban host
  • 43 years-old: average Cuban host's age
  • 58% of Cuban hosts are women
  • 12% of all U.S. travelers to Cuba in 2016 stayed in Airbnb listings

Go deeper

Trump's Tucker mind-meld

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images and BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

If you want to understand the rhetorical roots of Trump's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore, go back and watch Tucker Carlson's monologues for the past six weeks.

Between the lines: Trump — or rather his speechwriter Stephen Miller — framed the president's opposition to the Black Lives Matter protest movement using the same imagery Carlson has been laying out night after night on Fox.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 11,366,145 — Total deaths: 532,644 — Total recoveries — 6,154,138Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 2,874,396 — Total deaths: 129,870 — Total recoveries: 906,763 — Total tested: 35,512,916Map.
  3. States: Photos of America's pandemic July 4 ICU beds in Arizona hot spot near capacity — Houston mayor warns about hospitals
  4. Public health: U.S. coronavirus infections hit record highs for 3 straight days.
  5. Politics: Former Trump official Tom Bossert says face masks “are not enough”
  6. World: Mexican leaders call for tighter border control as infections rise in U.S.
  7. Sports: Sports return stalked by coronavirus
  8. 1 📽 thing: Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback.

Bolton's hidden aftershocks

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The news media has largely moved on, but foreign government officials remain fixated on John Bolton's memoir, "The Room Where It Happened."

Why it matters: Bolton's detailed inside-the-Oval revelations have raised the blood pressure of allies who were already stressed about President Trump's unreliability.