RALEIGH – Airbnb is taking steps to limit bookings for the specific purpose of ringing in the New Year, in Raleigh and globally.

The company, which implemented a global “party ban” in August 2020, is taking additional measures to limit parties and, according to a spokesperson for the company, “emphasize safe and responsible travel.”

The company released its updated policies and its plan earlier this week.

The company notes in its plan that it will prohibit guests without a “history of positive reviews on Airbnb” from making one-night reservations in entire home listings on the platform for New Year’s Eve, and that for two-night reservations, the company “will deploy more stringent restrictions” using its technology to restrict last-minute bookings.

The company will put in place these policies in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain and the UK, according to its statement.

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The policies and restrictions were piloted last year, the company noted.  The company stated that due to these policies, 243,000 guests globally “encountered these defenses” and that by the company’s estimates, “these efforts achieved our objectives of reducing disruptive parties.”

A company spokesperson told WRAL TechWire that the policies prevented more than 250 people from booking locations for the express purpose of throwing a New Year’s Eve party in the transition from 2020 to 2021.

The spokesperson noted that the company enacted a similar approach to the Halloween weekend, as well.

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