Airbnb bans one-night reservations on New Year’s Eve to limit wild parties

If you’ve been planning to book an Airbnb for a night for New Year’s Eve, think again.

The short-term accommodation platform has introduced new rules globally that will ban some guests from booking a property for just one night on December 31 to prevent parties.

Anti-party restrictions will be in place on New Year’s Eve in 11 countries, including Australia, the US, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, France and Spain.

Last year, Airbnb reported that nearly 340,000 guests around the world were blocked or redirected from trying to book on Airbnb over NYE, including more than 120,000 guests in the US, more than 34,500 guests in the UK and Almost 13,000 visitors in Australia.

in a.d statement In an announcement Thursday, Airbnb said that while most of its guests are respectful neighbors and travelers, it is committed to reducing the incidence of unauthorized parties — something that escalated on Dec. 31.

Those looking to book one-night stays with poor or no history probably won’t find a reservation.
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“For this purpose, we are introducing restrictions on certain types of bookings on New Year’s Eve,” the statement said.

“These restrictions prohibit overnight bookings of entire home listings for guests who do not have a positive account history on the platform or who have not booked in advance at all.”

It is also imposing stricter restrictions on those guests trying to book two- and three-night reservations, with an emphasis on local booking attempts.

Naba Banerjee, director of trusted products and operations at Airbnb, said: “Every night on Airbnb, there’s a stay around the world, and most of the guests and hosts treat their neighbors with respect and give back to the local community. benefits.

People passed out after partying hard.
The New Year booking rules were introduced this year after a successful trial last year.

“These proactive safeguards will help promote responsible travel and prevent rare instances of inappropriate behavior, allowing Hosts, guests and communities to enjoy their year-end celebrations with added confidence.”

The expanded rules are being introduced after a successful trial last year, Airbnb said.

“This wider rollout follows the successful testing of these automated defenses in eight countries last year in New York as part of our efforts to help implement a global ban on coded parties earlier this summer,” it said.

“We estimate that these measures have contributed to a 56 percent year-over-year decline in party incidents in New York since the defense was first tested in 2020.”

It has also launched reservation screening technology, which blocks certain bookings that indicate an increased risk of disruptive parties and property damage, and hosts can also receive a free noise sensor.


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