Airbnb restricts some stays in South Carolina for New Year’s Eve

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — Airbnb is imposing restrictions on some bookings over New Year’s weekend in South Carolina in an effort to crack down on permitted parties, the company announced Thursday.

First-time bookers and guests without a positive account history will be prohibited from reserving entire home listings for a one-night stay over the statewide holiday weekend.

The initiative is in line with the vacation rental company ban on parties and events registrations worldwide which officially went into effect in June.

According to Airbnb, more than 1,400 people were deterred from booking real estate listings in South Carolina during New Year’s Eve in 2021. Just over 250 of those bookings were in the Charleston area.

“Stays happen every night around the world on Airbnb, with the vast majority of travelers and hosts respecting their neighbors and providing benefits to their local community,” said Naba Banerjee, Director of Trusted Products and Operations at Airbnb. . “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.”

Similar policies have been put in place by Airbnb over Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July weekend, and Halloween weekend.

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