Airbnb is cracking down on New Year's Eve parties in its properties with a series of strict rules.
Christmas is just two weeks away and the biggest party night of the year soon follows.
But, you won’t be popping bottles in a rented penthouse or out in a country cottage with 50 of your close mates.
The new restrictions will see a ban on one-night bookings of entire home listings for guests without a positive account history – or no previous bookings at all – on the platform.
Airbnb is introducing tighter restrictions for those same guests who try to book two- and three-night reservations, with an emphasis on attempts to book local to their own homes, reports the Mirror.
The restrictions will be in effect over the New Year’s Eve weekend in 11 countries, including the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, the UK, and – new for 2022 – Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands.
Since the ban was brought in in the UK in 2020, it has contributed to a year-over-year drop in rates of party incidents over NYE of roughly 68% in the UK, Airbnb estimates.
After all, you’re far less likely to throw a huge bash in your own home than in someone else’s…
Last year, approximately 340,000 guests globally were blocked or redirected from attempting to book on Airbnb over NYE, including more than over 34,500 guests in the UK.
The company has estimated how many people were affected by the party ban last year in the UK:
- Bath – Over 600
- Belfast – Over 350
- Brighton – Over 850
- Bristol – Over 650
- Cardiff – Over 350
- Edinburgh – Over 800
- London (Combined Greater London and City of London) – Over 7,800
- York – Over 450
- Glasgow – Over 700
- Manchester – Over 1,350
- Birmingham – Over 750
- Liverpool – Over 400
- Sheffield – Over 200
Naba Banerjee, Director of Trust Product and Operations at Airbnb, said, “Stays take place across the world each night on Airbnb, with the overwhelming majority of guests and hosts being respectful of neighbours and delivering benefits to their local community.
"These proactive defences will help to promote responsible travel and help to prevent rare instances of unwelcome behaviour, and enable Hosts, guests and communities to enjoy their end of year celebrations with added reassurance.”
If you're looking for an event to attend rather than a house party there's plenty to do around the country.
In London, ring in 2023 in the traditional manner and head to world famous New Year's Eve Fireworks with the London Eye and Big Ben in the background.
You can grab tickets for £15 each from VisitLondon.
If you're further north, why not check out Grosvenor Casino Didsbury's New Year's Eve Show and Dine event – you'll be treated to Motown, soul and jazz while you tuck into a three-course meal.
Tickets cost from £10 to £49.99 on DesignMyNight.
Over in Edinburgh, the Scots will be celebrating Hogmanay – the city will be lit up with fireworks and you can enjoy live music and plenty of street parties; edinburghshogmanay.com.
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