Airbnb is a game for sharing safety information with rivals

Airbnb Inc. CEO Brian Chesky said he was “absolutely” willing to share dangerous ad information with rival short-term rental providers to help protect users from violent crime .

In an interview on Bloomberg TV on Tuesday, Chesky said Airbnb was already in touch with other platforms about party house listings, but companies could “of course go further” to include properties that they considered dangerous.

If implemented, such cooperation would see Airbnb, Expedia Group Inc.’s Vrbo, and other rental companies disclosing information about properties they banned after violent crimes were committed there, in order to ” prevent the list from appearing on another platform.

“Anything we can do to help people feel that Airbnb is a safe community,” is something the company wants to prioritize, Chesky said in the interview.

Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported on a slew of stories about violent crime occurring inside Airbnb properties, including the mysterious death of Lauren Kassirer. The 35-year-old New York high school teacher was found naked, bruised and unconscious at an Airbnb property on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in 2018. After Kassirer’s death, Airbnb permanently banned the villa she said. had rented – and her host – – never to list on the platform again. However, Airbnb did not notify other short-term rental providers of the announcement and it was only after the article was published that Expedia learned of what had happened and also took notice. removed the ad from its platform.

In June, the two rivals agreed to start sharing information on repeat party house offenders after Covid-19 closed bars and nightclubs and promoters started booking houses on platforms to host events. with live DJs and bottle service. The parties have frustrated neighbors, spread the virus and, in some cases, led to fatal shootings. The companies have launched a community integrity program to prevent repeat offenders who are written off from one platform from simply moving on to another. “One platform cannot solve this problem,” the companies said at the time. “It takes an industry-wide effort.”

FUTURE OF TRAVEL

In the interview, Chesky also spoke about the future of travel and said the flexibility of remote working now enjoyed by employees is changing the look of travel in the coming years.

“It’s the worst technology of our lives – it will only get better,” he said. “The world is going to keep getting more flexible, people are going to keep having more options, and we’re going to start living in a world where all you have to believe is people don’t go back to the office. five days a week and some business trips are limited.

Chesky expects three-day weekends to become more common and rental stays to grow longer. About half of Airbnb’s bookings last more than a week and a fifth last a month or more, he said. Despite Wall Street analysts’ higher estimates for second-quarter bookings, the company said in August that third-quarter bookings would be below 2019 levels as the delta variant weighs on suspicious travelers.

Even with virus issues, Chesky sees travel, life, and work intertwine, ultimately giving employees more autonomy.

“The reason travel doesn’t go back to how it was before is because the world doesn’t go back to how it was before,” he said. “We used to live in one place, work in another, and travel in a third place. Now, all of these places are one place, and this place can be anywhere we want. “

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