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Chinese travelers are Airbnb fastest growing users

06/17/2015| 6:43:43 AM|

“The future of international travel is really the Chinese tourist,” Airbnb's Chief Technology Officer Nathan Blecharczyk said.

Airbnb Inc., the online room-sharing business, is drawing more customers from China, Chief Technology Officer Nathan Blecharczyk said.

“The future of international travel is really the Chinese tourist,” Blecharczyk said at the Bloomberg Technology Conference Monday in San Francisco.

Airbnb, which lets users rent private homes or apartments short-term, has built relationships with Chinese consumers when they travel abroad, he said. The group represents Airbnb’s fastest growing category, according to Blecharczyk.

The San Francisco-based company doubled the number of properties it lists in Cuba to 2,000 within 45 days after debuting in the country, Blecharczyk said. Airbnb, whichstarted in the country after President Barack Obama took steps to open relations with the communist nation, said last month Cuba was its fastest-growing market.

The Airbnb co-founder is preparing to travel to Cuba with a group of business leaders for meetings in the island nation.

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