Ever since Cuba travel restrictions were significantly relaxed, many people have begun to book trips to discover what the Caribbean island nation is all about. Unfortunately, traveling to Cuba is still a bit of a cumbersome task, but a major travel website is looking to make things a little easier for those wishing to visit.
Expedia recently announced it will begin offering online booking for hotels in Cuban, seizing upon the influx of interest. Expedia joins several domestic airlines and cruise companies that have also launched efforts to break into the lucrative Cuban market. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and among the top twenty largest islands in the world.
Last year, the number of visitors to Cuba increased by more than ten percent, reaching a new record of four million. Over seventy percent of travelers to the island were from the United States and there are indications that the numbers will continue to skyrocket.
Current laws in the United States still forbid visiting Cuba for the purpose of general tourism, but thanks to former President Barack Obama it’s become easier. Americans can visit the island for educational, cultural or other authorized purposes.
Now that Expedia will begin offering hotel booking in Cuba, do you feel more inclined to visit?
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It takes a great deal of courage to pack your bags and travel to an unknown location, especially if that location also happens to include a hotel that you don’t even know the name of. It may sound a little crazy, but that’s the idea behind Staydilly.
Launched in October of last year, Staydilly is a hotel booking platform that assists travelers with finding discounted rates at hotels with a rating of at least three stars or more. The catch is you won’t know the name of the hotel you’ll be staying at until after you booked your reservation. Despite this, guests can still see high quality images of the hotel. The platform allows a greater separation between travelers seeking a premium hotel experience for a great value with those that are loyal to a certain brand and prefer to book directly.
Staydilly aims to address the common problem of rooms that are left vacant. Generally, a hotel will heavily discount the rates for these rooms that remain unsold in an effort to book them.
For the time being, Staydilly has yet to arrive in the United States or even North America for that matter. Its list of cities is relegated largely to Southeast Asia with future plans to expand into Australia.
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