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Airbnb backs down over holiday adverts during virus crisis

Ian Blackford

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Airbnb has banned booking of holiday lettings following an outcry over its continuation of advertising during the coronavirus lockdown.

UK Tourism minister Nigel Huddleston said property owners were being “incredibly irresponsible”.

Airbnb had already barred rentals for private rooms in shared houses, and disabled the instant book function for whole properties, while offering guests refunds for rooms they no longer wished to take up.

The latest step tightens up who can book stays on the platform by limiting it to key workers.

“Restricting bookings on Airbnb to key workers and other essential stays will allow hosts to continue supporting frontline workers while following government guidance,” said Patrick Robinson, director of public policy at Airbnb.

Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, said it was “welcome news for people in the Highlands and all across Scotland.

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