July 25, 2017

20,000 Airbnb guests booked for New Orleans Jazz Fest weekends

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The Acura Stage of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Sunday, May 1, 2011. (The Times-Picayune) Airbnb hosts who have booked 20,000 guests for New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this year will be under a grace period for getting a license under New Orleans’ new short-term rental law.

The city has given property owners with listings on sites such as Airbnb and VRBO until May 15 before enforcing the new law, more than a week after Jazz Fest ends. The event at the Fair Grounds takes place April 28-30 and May 4-7.

Meanwhile, Airbnb has given its New Orleans hosts until June 1 to show a license number on their Airbnb.com listings. After that, Airbnb will make listings without a license number "go dark" on the site, said Laura Spanjian, Airbnb public policy director.

About 20,000 guests had booked stays in New Orleans through Airbnb for the two-week period around the festival as of Wednesday (April 19), about the same as last year’s record-breaking bookings around the fest, the company said. Those numbers don’t include bookings through other platforms.

Traditional bed and breakfast operations are reporting vacancies for the first time in recent memory.

Spanjian said Airbnb is working to get […]

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