How Airbnb wants to suppress New Year’s Eve parties
Airbnb announced on Thursday that it is tightening rules and improving technology aimed at prevent unauthorized New Year’s parties in nearly a dozen countries.
This year, the home-sharing platform will implement stricter restrictions on certain types of bookings in 11 countries, including the United States, throughout the New Year’s weekend. Last year, the company has implemented restrictions on certain bookings in eight countries.
That includes a ban on one-night reservations for entire homes for guests who don’t have a “positive account history” or don’t have previous reservations, according to Airbnb. There are also heightened restrictions for the aforementioned customers trying to book two- or three-night reservations, especially locally, the company said.
“We are committed to reducing instances of unauthorized parties and helping hosts protect against neighborhood disturbances, and certain times of the year, such as New Year’s Eve, may attract a higher risk of unauthorized parties. permitted or disruptive,” Airbnb said in a blog post.
The company has been piloting holiday restrictions since 2020 in an effort to avoid disruptive parties and any nuisance to neighbors following complaints.
Since the restrictions were put in place, the company has seen a drop in incidents globally. The company estimated that there has been a 56% year-on-year decrease in incidents during the New Year holidays since 2020.
About 340,000 guests worldwide were blocked or redirected trying to book, including more than 120,000 guests in the United States, over the New Year holiday weekend last year.
Earlier this summer, the company codified its temporary ban on unauthorized parties.
While “the vast majority of travelers and hosts” are respectful, “these proactive defenses will help promote responsible travel and prevent rare instances of unwanted behavior,” according to Naba Banerjee, director of trust products and operations at Airbnb.
They will also allow “hosts, guests and communities to enjoy their year-end celebrations with added assurance,” Banerjee added.
The launch of Airbnb booking filtering technology in 2021 is just one of the ways the company is working to prevent disruptive parties or property damage.
Previously, Airbnb announced that any guest who violates Airbnb’s rules will face serious consequences, ranging from account suspension to removal from the platform.
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