Airbnb to crack down on disruptive New Year’s Eve parties in Texas – NBC10 Philadelphia
This weekend, police will be on high alert across the United States for New Year’s Eve shenanigans, as will home rental company Airbnb, which is launching a new crackdown on unauthorized parties in the city. Dallas area.
Airbnb announces it is strengthening its defenses to prevent disruptive parties over the NYE weekend, as the company says it continues to take a hard line on disruptive parties and emphasize safe and responsible travel during a weekend when some may be more likely to try to throw an unauthorized party.
This weekend there will be a ban on some one night bookings during New Years Eve for whole house listings. These defenses are in effect for those who have no positive account history or no previous reservations on the platform
There are also tighter restrictions for the same customers trying to book two- and three-night reservations, with a focus on local reservation attempts.
Airbnb said this method was tested in Dallas last New Year’s Eve with success, preventing more than 2,400 one-day bookings. It has also been tested in other cities around the world since 2020, most recently in the United States during Halloween, resulting in a global drop in New Year’s Eve party incidents of 56%.
“Just because you don’t have an opinion doesn’t mean you’re doing no good. Everyone starts somewhere. But what we’re seeing is that the people who won this story of positive reviews have earned that trust or Airbnb, don’t all of a sudden and throw a 100-person party,” said Ben Breit, director of trust and safety communications for Airbnb.
The restrictions will be in effect over New Year’s weekend in 11 countries, including the United States.
“Stays are happening around the world every night on Airbnb, with the vast majority of guests and hosts being respectful of neighbors and providing benefits to their local community. These proactive defenses will help promote responsible travel and prevent rare cases. of unwanted behavior, and allow hosts, guests, and communities to enjoy their holiday celebrations with added confidence,” said Naba Banerjee, Director of Trusted Products and Operations at Airbnb.
Airbnb officials told NBC Dallas affiliate NBC 5 that these new restrictions happening this weekend are all part of the company’s anti-party prevention systems, including a focus on guests under 25, noise sensors for hosts and a total ban on parties, which was codified during the summer.
“There will always be people who don’t care about the rules and try to break those rules,” Breit said. “We don’t want parties, or unauthorized parties in particular, to happen on our platforms. Even if it’s rare, it’s just not a good thing. can be disruptive to our neighbours.”
Airbnb also operates a 24/7 Neighborhood Helpline. They encourage anyone to use it if they think a neighboring rental is breaking the rules.
You can read more about the 2022 New Year crackdown here.