Airbnb and Minut launch noise detector pilot program in Prague

Czechia: In line with ongoing efforts to promote responsible tourism and the resumption of travel in the Czech Republic, Airbnb collaborates with real estate monitoring company Minut to launch a number of measures to support hosts and guests in Prague.

Airbnb has announced the launch of a six-month noise detection pilot program for hosts and that it will provide guests with a ‘Good Neighbor Guide‘ for visits to the Czech capital.

In an effort to support hosts in their efforts to “promote trust and safety in their homes and neighborhoods,” Airbnb’s pilot program in Prague allows hosts to use a noise monitoring sensor to detect, resolve noise and nuisance issues in their listing, and to help customers travel responsibly in local neighborhoods.

Minute will provide sensors, helping Airbnb in its mission to identify new innovations for hosts.

Vladimir Beroun, Airbnb Public Policy Manager for CEE and CIS, said: “Airbnb is actively working with regulators and tourism organizations to promote responsible and sustainable tourism, support local hosts, and boost the economy in the Czech Republic. The vast majority of hosts and travelers on Airbnb are responsible travelers.

“We are committed to working with the City of Prague to make home sharing work for everyone and the Noise Detector Trial and Good Neighbor Guide are just the latest steps we have taken to support hosts. locals and communities in Prague,” he added. .

Nils Mattisson, CEO and co-founder of Minut, said: “We are excited to help hosts on Airbnb in Prague take care of their communities. With travel returning, it should be taken advantage of to bring it back better. Our pilot program will improve relationships between guests, hosts and neighbors , making Prague a better place for travelers and residents.

Minut says it will work with a select group of volunteer hosts in Prague who will install the device in their listing to detect potential noise nuisance and educate guests on noise management during their stay – while respecting guest privacy. customers as the devices merely monitor decibel levels and do not record or transmit anything other than actual noise levels.

Minute previously in partnership with Airbnb in December 2019 for a three-month test of its noise detection system in rental properties in Edinburgh, Scotland via the rental platform.

The three-month trial, which coincided with the start of Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations, was set up to reassure neighbors that visitors staying in short-term rental accommodation would not disturb them. not.

Meanwhile, Airbnb has also announced that it will provide all hosts on its platform in Prague with a Good Neighbor Guidethat hosts can share with their guests.

The guide includes thoughtful advice to ensure guests can experience the best of Prague while respecting the local community. It includes advice on a range of topics, such as consideration of nuisances and information on trash collection days, as well as reminders of individual house rules set by hosts.

Airbnb said it was “actively working to invest in and continually improve security and trust on the platform” after launching its Neighborhood Support Line earlier this summer as part of his Responsible Travel Summer Plan.

The home-sharing platform, however, has faced growing opposition in Prague in recent years.

The city’s mayor, Zdeněk Hřib, sought to limit Airbnb’s presence and combat perceived “overtourism” in Prague last February when he said The Guardian“In the past, you could limit the number of tourists to the city simply by approving a certain number of hotels of a certain capacity during the building permit process. Now in Prague there is no possibility for the city to limit the accommodation capacity for tourists.

Meanwhile, before Covid, it was revealed that the number of adverts on the Prague site had risen from 5,537 to over 13,000 in two years, and some local residents had complained about the increase in noise pollution and soaring rental costs.

Since IPO via IPO [IPO] last decemberAirbnb is committed to working closely with governments and tourism organizations around the world, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Hungarian Tourism Agencythe City of Krakow and the city of Bratislava, to enhance its reputation with hosts and guests.

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