Havana, Cuba is one of the year’s top travel destinations. However, the locals on the colorful Caribbean island are dealing with a housing crisis that leaves many couples searching streets, parks, and public buildings for a space to get some alone time. The government hopes that by revamping state-run “love motels,” they’ll solve the problem of unsanitary public sex and also drive a little revenue into the area.
“We want to revive this service that is in high demand, has a big social impact and without a doubt is very profitable,” Alfonso Muñoz Chang of the Provincial Housing Company of Havana said, according to Reuters. “We will start with what we call Hotel Vento, a two-story building with 16 rooms with bathrooms.”
Though state-run “posados” were pretty successful in Cuba in the past, they disappeared in the 1990s due to the economic crisis. But, BBC reports, many of the rooms in the newly-opened motels will still be too expensive for the locals who they’re reportedly targeting. The average monthly salary in Cuba is about $29.60. At a rate of five dollars an hour, most wouldn’t be able to afford just one hour a month.
Still, Provincial Housing Company of Havana hopes to start a network of posados that’ll help curb the ongoing issue of public sex, but also bring jobs and much-needed revenue into the city.