Airbnb restricts reservations in Ohio to deter New Years and Buckeyes parties
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — According to Airbnb, more than 3,500 Ohioans have been rejected when trying to book properties over the New Years holidays, particularly on New Years Eve, in 2021.
Airbnb, an online home, apartment and condo rental marketplace website, announced this week that it would again strengthen its defenses this holiday to “draw a hard line on disruptive parties and put the focus on safe and responsible travel”.
The party, which also coincides with the Ohio State Buckeyes play in a college football playoff semifinal, makes Central Ohio a prime candidate to receive a surge in online reservations. The company said it will ban certain types of one-night bookings on New Year’s Eve for entire home listings in Columbus and across the country.
Restrictions will be in effect for customers with no positive account history – or no previous bookings at all – on the platform. The company already has a strict party ban to eliminate high-risk bookings and implement other party prevention systems earlier this year to prevent property damage and other related disruptions to tenants and neighbors.
According to the Airbnb website, guests who cannot make whole-house reservations due to this system will still be able to book a private room, where a host is more likely to be on site, or a hotel room. through Airbnb.
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