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Airbnb New Year party ban

Written by: Emma Lunn
The home rental platform has announced plans to crack down on New Year’s Eve parties.

Airbnb says it is banning one-night New Year’s Eve bookings in entire home listings for guests without a history of positive reviews.

Last year saw the platform launch a global party ban in a bid to keep people safe during the pandemic. This year it says it is introducing new policies to protect hosts and their communities, and encourage self and responsible travel.

Airbnb said that certain holidays, such as New Years’ Eve, attract higher risks of “unauthorised or disruptive parties”.

Effective from today, new rules will be in place for guests attempting to book New Year’s Eve reservations in the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain and the UK.

Guests without a history of positive reviews on Airbnb will be prohibited from making a one-night NYE reservation for an entire home.

There will also be restrictions on two-night reservations that may pose heightened risk for disruptive parties. For example, it will be difficult for guests without a history of positive reviews on Airbnb to make certain local and last-minute bookings.

Airbnb says that guests who have a history of positive reviews on Airbnb will not be subject to the restrictions.

The platform first piloted similar policies and restrictions last year for NYE 2020, blocking about 243,000 guests around the world from booking out properties for NYE.

The US (mainland), Canada, Australia, France, Spain and the UK were included in the 2020 pilot and for NYE 2021, Airbnb is adding Puerto Rico, Brazil and New Zealand to the list.

It implemented similar policy and product adaptations in the US and Canada over July 4 and Halloween 2021, which it says was a success.

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