Airbnb bans one-night NYE bookings in bid to prevent properties from being used for ‘disruptive parties’
Airbnb Bans One-Night New Year’s Eve Bookings Worldwide to Prevent Properties Being Used for ‘Disruptive Parties’
- Anti-party restrictions are in place in 11 countries, from the US to the UK
- The strengthened rules are being rolled out after a successful trial last year
- Airbnb’s NYE defenses have been activated more than 7,800 times this year in London
Airbnb is cracking down on properties used for New Year’s Eve parties around the world with bans on some guests making one-night bookings for December 31.
Anti-party restrictions will be in effect over New Year’s weekend in 11 countries – the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, France, Portugal Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands.
The enhanced rules are rolling out after a successful trial last year, Airbnb said.
He explained he was introducing restrictions on certain types of bookings to ‘combat disruptive parties’, with a ban on one night bookings of whole house listings for guests with no positive account history, or no bookings previous at all.
Airbnb is cracking down on properties used for New Year’s Eve parties around the world with bans on some guests making one-night bookings for December 31
The home rental site added: ‘We are also introducing tighter restrictions for the same customers trying to book two and three night bookings, with a focus on local booking attempts.
“This wider rollout follows the successful trial of these automated defenses in eight countries during NYE last year as part of our efforts to help enforce our global holiday ban, which we codified earlier. this summer.
“We estimate that the measures have contributed to a year-on-year decline in NYE party incident rates of around 6% in the UK, since the defenses were first tested in 2020.
“Last year, approximately 340,000 guests worldwide were blocked or redirected from attempting to book on Airbnb through NYE, including over 34,500 guests in the UK.”
Airbnb’s anti-party restrictions will be in effect over New Year’s weekend in 11 countries – the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands
Airbnb revealed that the UK cities where its NYE defenses were most activated in 2022 were London (more than 7,800 times), Manchester (1,350), Brighton (850) and Edinburgh (800).
Naba Banerjee, Director of Trusted Products and Operations at Airbnb, said: “Stays are happening around the world every night on Airbnb, with the vast majority of guests and hosts respecting neighbors and providing benefits to their local community. .
“These proactive defenses will help promote responsible travel and prevent rare instances of unwanted behavior, and allow hosts, guests and communities to enjoy their holiday celebrations with added confidence.”
Airbnb is currently working to encourage more people to become hosts and rent out their properties.
To encourage the reluctant, Airbnb recently unveiled a new feature that offers first-timers advice from the site’s highly experienced “superhosts” who, for a fee paid by the company, provide advice and suggestions.
“We need to help people make money,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky told AFP.