San Francisco, California. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) — Airbnb will permanently ban parties that were originally implemented in the early months of the pandemic, citing its effectiveness in limiting unauthorized gatherings.
The company announced a temporary ban on all parties in August 2020 as part of an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 through social distancing efforts. It also followed reports of Airbnb customers dumping unauthorized stars in homes they rented through the platform.
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Since then, Airbnb has seen a 44% year-over-year drop in its party reporting rate, which it attributes to a change in policy.
“Over time, the party ban has become much more than a public health measure,” the company said in a statement on its website on Tuesday. “It has evolved into a basic community policy to support our hosts and their neighbors.”
The company said that guests who attempt to violate these rules will face consequences ranging from account suspension to complete removal from the platform. It added that more than 6,600 Airbnb guests were suspended in 2021 for attempting to violate the party ban.
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Legalizing the party-ban policy builds on the company’s previous efforts to crack down on unauthorized parties, including restricting users under 25 from booking full home listings in their area if they don’t have a history of positive reviews.
The perpetual policy also comes after two teens were killed and several people injured at a party at an Airbnb rental property in Pittsburgh earlier this year. Airbnb said at the time that it had banned the person who booked the property, and that the unauthorized event was thrown without the host’s knowledge or consent.
Like other parts of the travel industry, Airbnb’s business was initially hit hard by the pandemic. But the company has since seen an increase in demand
In the first three months of this year, Airbnb reported revenue of $1.5 billion, an increase of 70% over the previous year. In May, the company revealed a major revamp of its product, including introducing new ways for people to search for homes across unique categories and making it easier to book longer stays amid the rise of remote work.
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