Airbnb is limiting options for those who want to party on New Year’s Eve in someone else’s home.
Airbnb said Thursday that the short-term rental service is preventing some users from booking entire properties for one night in a bid to prevent over-the-top New Year’s Eve parties in the US and 10 other countries.
“These proactive rescues will help promote responsible travel and prevent rare instances of unwanted behavior,” Naba Banerjee, Airbnb’s director of trust product and operations, said in a statement.
Anyone who does not have a positive account history or has not previously booked on the platform will be prohibited from making New Year’s Eve reservations, and the same guests who attempt to arrange a two or three night reservation, They will also face investigation, especially those who are trying to do this. Book locally, said Airbnb.
In addition to the US, including Puerto Rico, the restrictions will be in effect on New Year’s Eve weekend in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and the UK.
Airbnb tested New Year’s Eve restrictions in eight countries last year and estimated that there was a 56% drop in party-related incidents in 2020. The company blocked or redirected 340,000 people from bookings last New Year’s Eve, Airbnb said.
The move comes after Airbnb formally codified a party ban over the summer, saying it would use new technology to deter customers in the US and Canada.,
The ban on large gatherings began as a public health measure in response to COVID-19.