Airbnb’s new ‘anti-party’ tech to spot high-risk bookings

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Airbnb has introduced new technology in the United States and Canada to stop unauthorized parties at its properties. This will help the vacation rental company spot high-risk bookings and prevent them from booking.

Airbnb had declared a permanent ban on parties at its rental locations in June.

After a fatal shooting incident in California, the company began its holiday crackdown in 2019.

Now, new tools have been deployed by her to enforce her non-party policy. Before confirming the booking, the new technology will look at factors such as positive review history (or lack thereof), how long the guest has been on Airbnb, distance to listing, trip duration and weekend versus weekday.

“This anti-party technology is designed to prevent a booking attempt from succeeding,” the company said on Aug. 16.

He also added that his motive is to control parties that may negatively impact his hosts and the communities where he operates.

This technology has already been tested and implemented in Australia. According to the company, the tools have proven to be very effective in Australia. The newly introduced features will soon arrive in other countries as well.

“We have seen a 35% drop in unauthorized party incidents in areas of Australia where this pilot has been in effect,” the company said. He further added, “We’re hoping for similar success as we begin testing this in the US and Canada.”

Due to COVID restrictions, parties have moved from clubs to rented homes. And that has led to an increase in the number of gatherings being held at Airbnb locations. Thus, Airbnb had to temporarily ban parties in 2020.

According to the company, people who are unable to make whole-house reservations because of this system can still book a private room where the host is more likely to be physically present on site or a hotel room through Airbnb.

Established in 2007, Airbnb now has over 4 million hosts who have welcomed over 1 billion guest arrivals worldwide in nearly every country.

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