By Deirdre Tynan • 25 August 2021 • 10:21
Airbnb says it is “committed” to enforcing anti-party restrictions for Halloween 2021.
“Airbnb remains committed to taking steps to help prevent and deter unauthorized and large parties. Our party ban has become a foundational component of our trust and safety strategy, and we are continuing to invest in products and systems to complement that policy and promote safe and responsible travel,” the company said in a statement.
“This coming Halloween 2021 weekend will mark the one-year anniversary of our initial introduction of specific anti-party restrictions ahead of major holidays in the US and Canada that are traditionally associated with a party-type behaviour. For Halloween 2020, we introduced a block on all one-night reservations for entire home listings in the U.S. and Canada.
“Then, for the weekends of New Year’s Eve and July 4, we introduced similar measures but with exceptions for guests with histories of positive reviews, based on feedback from our Hosts. For these holidays we also included additional protections for certain two-night reservations.
“They worked. We estimate that our efforts resulted in a drop in incidents such as unauthorized parties by over 49 percent for Halloween and over 51 percent for New Year’s Eve.
“As a result, this coming Halloween we’ll again institute restrictions on one and two-night stays in the US and Canada for entire home listings while also utilizing our other robust party prevention systems,” the company added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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