Airbnb to ban reservations for overnight stays over New Year’s Eve to avoid rowdy parties

Airbnb will not be accepting overnight stays this New Years Eve.

To avoid the holidays, the platform has implemented new regulations to prevent some customers from renting units for just one night on December 31.

Over the New Year weekend, anti-party restrictions will be in effect in 11 countries, including Australia, United States, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, France and Spain.

Airbnb reported last year that around 340,000 guests worldwide were blocked from booking on Airbnb through NYE, including more than 120,000 American guests, more than 34,500 British guests and nearly 13,000 Australian guests.

While the vast majority of its guests are tourists and considerate neighbors, Airbnb said in a statement on Thursday that it is also committed to reducing the number of unauthorized parties, an especially important goal at the end of the year. .

“To this end, we are introducing restrictions on certain types of bookings over New Year’s Eve,” the statement said.

“These restrictions will see a ban on one-night bookings of entire home listings for customers with no positive account history – or no previous bookings – on the platform.”

Additionally, more restrictions are being placed on customers attempting to book two- and three-night local reservations.

“Stays are happening across the globe every night on Airbnb, with the overwhelming majority of guests and hosts being respectful of 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.”

According to Airbnb, stricter guidelines are being implemented after a successful trial last year.

“This broader 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 ban on parties, which we have further codified. early this summer,” he said.

“We estimate the measures have contributed to a global year-over-year decline in NYE party incident rates of approximately 56% since the defenses were first tested in 2020.”

As part of its reservation filtering technology, it also offers hosts free noise sensors and will block reservations that indicate an increased risk of disruption and property damage.

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