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Wed Jan 13, 2021, 12:15 PM

Airbnb to block, cancel DC bookings ahead of inauguration

Source: Associated Press, via the Seattle Times

Airbnb to block, cancel DC bookings ahead of inauguration

Jan. 13, 2021 at 7:39 am Updated Jan. 13, 2021 at 8:57 am

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Airbnb says it will be blocking and cancelling all reservations in the Washington, D.C. area during the week of the presidential inauguration.

The decision, announced Wednesday, was in response to various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, D.C. It came two days after it said it was reviewing reservations in the area ahead of the inauguration and said it will bar any guests associated with hate groups or violent activity.

The San Francisco-based home sharing company said that guests whose reservations were cancelled will be refunded in full. It will reimburse hosts -- at Airbnb's expense -- the money they would have earned from those cancelled reservations. It also said that reservations at HotelTonight, a service owned by Airbnb that handles last-minute deals at top-rated hotels, will also be cancelled.

Airbnb declined to say how many reservations were cancelled. But over Presidents' Day weekend, the site lists more than 300 rentals in the Washington, D.C. area. ... "We are continuing our work to ensure hate group members are not part of the Airbnb community," the company said in a corporate blog.

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AP Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit contributed to this report.

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Airbnb says it will be blocking and cancelling reservations in the D.C. area during the week of the presidential inauguration.


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