Airbnb to block Washington D.C. reservations during inauguration

15 Janvier, 2021, 19:11 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Home rental platform Airbnb set to hit Wall Street with a high valuation has fared better than most of its travel industry rivals during the pandemic

Guests whose reservations are canceled will be refunded in full. This will apply to all reservations on Airbnb-owned HotelTonight as well. Since the horrific siege last Wednesday, Washington city officials have urged people not to travel to D.C. and avoid the central business district as the nation's capital braces for more violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.

Airbnb nodded to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) warning against traveling to the D.C. Metro area for the inauguration.

Airbnb said it made the decision after consulting local and federal officials and after a number of hosts anxious about potential attacks sought to cancel bookings.

As the Associated Press reports, looking at D.C. -area rentals for President's weekend, there are about 300 listings available.

"We are continuing our work to ensure hate group members are not part of the Airbnb community", said the statement. The vacation rental company also announced it is using "media or law enforcement sources" to identify people involved in the January 6 Capitol riot and permanently bar them from using its site or services.

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Airbnb stated that it will warn all guests in the Washington area that it may bring legal action against them if they are found to be members of a hate group or planning violent activities. Airbnb has also banned from the platform all people associated with hate groups or involved in last week's abortive insurrection at the Capitol.

The company also said Monday that it won't give political donations to the Republicans who voted against certifying the results of the election last week. Airbnb joined Marriott, AT&T, Walmart and others in taking that stand. Democratic President-elect Joe Biden was the biggest recipient of Airbnb donations.

Meanwhile, a hotel labor union representing 7,200 hotel workers in the Washington area, called for hotel closures in the area to protect staff and the public. According to a Marriott International spokesperson in an email to Fast Company, its D.C. area hotels will be open leading up to and throughout the inauguration.

Watch the events that led to rioters storming the US Capitol. "We are monitoring the situation very closely and have operational and security plans in place".

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