Airbnb is taking an unprecedented move to cancel all bookings in the Washington, DC area during the week of the inauguration of newly elected President Joe Biden, the company said on Wednesday.
Airbnb said the policy was a response to “various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, DC.” In addition to canceling reservations, Airbnb said it would block new reservations.
“Guests whose reservations have been canceled will be refunded the full amount,” Airbnb said on its website. “We will also refund the money they would earn from these canceled reservations at Airbnb’s expense.”
Airbnb used to say yes ban users from their platform if they were identified as part of a pro-Ramp mob that attacked the US Capitol on January 6.
However, given the number of people involved in the riots, this formed a daunting task to ensure that the platform was not exempt from all involved.
Airbnb said the decision to cancel all reservations was announced by local officials, including Mayor of Washington, DC Muriel Bowser. Together with the governors of Maryland and Virginia, she urged visitors not to travel to the subway area for the inauguration.
“In addition, we are aware of reports that emerged yesterday afternoon about armed militias and known hate groups trying to travel and disrupt the inauguration,” the company said in a statement announcing the move.
Shares of Airbnb rose by news reports. It traded at around $ 171.68 per share at noon, an increase of 6.7 percent from the initial price.
While lawmakers are pushing for President Donald Trump to be removed from office for his role in inciting an uprising in the Capitol building, he and his family are facing a corporate response.
Trump’s organization banks, business partners and political allies they have distanced themselves from the president and his family in recent days.
JLL dropped her involvement in the sale of the Trump Hotel in Washington, DC and Cushman & Wakefield said she would no longer work on the company’s commercial real estate. The signing bank said it would close Trump’s personal accounts, and Deutsche Bank said it would not do business with the family business in the future. The PGA of America withdrew the PGA Championship 2022 from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.