JOHN NICOLSON MP WELCOMES AIRBNB U-TURN ON HOLIDAY HOMES
PEOPLE URGED TO STAY HOME THIS EASTER WEEKEND
John Nicolson MP has welcomed the news that Airbnb will no longer accept bookings in the UK during the coronavirus crisis – following a campaign from the SNP and local communities.
The SNP MP for Ochil and South Perthshire said the U-turn would help protect the health of local communities, called on other holiday home companies to follow suit, and urged people to stay at home during the lockdown to save lives.
The move was announced in a letter to SNP MPs this morning, with AirBnB recognising “We have heard from policymakers, and local residents who are worried about incoming visitors and the impact on the health of your communities… From 9am today, it will not be possible to book a stay in the United Kingdom.”
Commenting, John Nicolson MP said:
“I welcome Airbnb’s decision to ban holiday home bookings across our beautiful constituency during the coronavirus lockdown – and to refund those that have already been made.
“While this should have been the case from the start, I’m pleased that the company has listened to our concerns and done the responsible thing with this U-turn.
“I now urge other holiday home companies to follow suit and remind people to stay at home this Easter weekend and throughout the lockdown. As frustrating as it may be, staying at home will save lives – and that is the most important thing.
“The SNP will continue to press for comprehensive financial support to help people and businesses through this crisis, and we will press for the right action to ensure a strong recovery too – but it’s vital everyone follows the advice and acts responsibly.”