A news report has been published highlighting the increasing number of fraudulent transactions serviced via Airbnb.
It was reported that almost 1 million customers have fallen victim to some type of fraud from the website within the last year.
Research into the home sharing company found that one in five complainants had a host cancel their stay at the last minute or never turn up. More than a quarter reported unsafe conditions, such as a bug infestation, or the accommodation not being as described and one in six said they were victim of a scam, such as the host demanding extra cash when they arrived.
The study, conducted by travel blogger Asher Fergusson, quotes Airbnb employees as saying between 3% and 7% of stays turn into a problem. With 80 million trips completed on the website in 2016 that suggests that up to 5.5 million travellers had a bad experience last year.
Fergusson stated; “Airbnb doesn’t require any ID other than an email address and phone number so anyone could be your host.
“They don’t even require real names or profile photos. This means you could end up staying with a criminal, registered sex offender or scam artist.”
This report highlights the importance of holiday financial protection and ensuring your booking provider is ABTA and ATOL protected. Travel companies like Barrhead Travel conduct due diligence on all hotels, airlines, tour operators, cruise lines and travel partners to ensure quality and safety.
Barrhead Travel today welcomed a couple amazingly like Prince Harry and his new Princess to be, Meghan Markle to their luxury store on St Vincent St in Glasgow to help them choose the perfect getaway to reflect and unwind following their Windsor Castle wedding.
The adventurous couple browsed the globe and leafed through travel brochures with “Meghan” keen to explore outside of her native North American home. “Harry” has never been quiet to talk about his love of Africa so first on their list to find out more about was Cape Town, followed by the Seychelles, then the Norwegian Fjords, a Galapagos Cruise and the starry Amalfi Coast.
Chief Executive of Barrhead Travel, Sharon Munro, said: “It’s such an exciting time for any newly engaged couple and we are confident we will be able to tailor make the perfect honeymoongetaway for Harry and Meghan.
“Whether it is lounging on an exclusive beach in the Seychelles or wine tasting in Cape Town, our experts will listen and advise based on personal tastes. Going by their love of Botswana we think Harry and Meghan will strike the perfect balance of sand, cocktails and adventure.”
Harry and Meghan’s Top 5 Honeymoon destinations
Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Self Drive Cape Town, Hermanus, Swellendam, Oudtshoorn, Plettenburg Bay, and Eastern Cape Safari.
Our most popular self-drive itinerary explores some of South Africa's most beautiful scenery. Start out in Cape Town and enjoy the wealth of sights and fantastic food and wine. Travel along the Garden route, stopping off at picturesque towns and coastline. End your trip in one of the Eastern Cape's exclusive wildlife reserves.
15 day/14 night Self Drive Holiday
Prices from £1697pp
Enjoy a vibrant stopover in one of the world’s super-cities before jetting off to the ultimate relaxation destination.
Dubai & The Seychelles Twin Centre 5* Hilton Dubai The Walk, 4 nights, 5* Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, 8 nights. 13 day/12 night Holiday Prices from £1997pp
Princess Cruises: Norwegian Fjords on the Sapphire Princess
Sailing from Southampton: Sea, Stavanger, Olden, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Bergen, Sea, Southampton.
7 night Holiday
Prices from £727 pp plus $150 per cabin on board credit
Celebrity Cruise: Galapagos Island Cruise, with 3 nights stay in Quito(escorted stay)
11 night Holiday
Prices from £5997pp
Pompeii, Capri & The Bay of Naples:
A real taste of Italy: Full-day visit to the stunning island of Capri. Tour of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum with a local guide. Full-day guided tour of Pompeii and the Naples Archaeological Museum. Walking orientation tour of Sorrento. Full day tour of the breath-taking Amalfi coast. Return travel from a selection of regional airports, plus all hotel transfers. Seven nights in a choice of superior accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, plus breakfast and dinner.
8 day Holiday
Prices from only £699pp
Buy your tickets to this year’s Girls Day Out Show in the SECC to help raise money for one of our official charity partners Glasgow Children’s Hospital PLUS be in with the chance of winning a holiday for four to New York!
We have teamed up with Girls Day Out to help raise money for The Schiehallion Appeal, which aims to raise £500,000 to assist the hospital’s Clinical Trials Clinic, designed to help children with cancer and blood disorders.
All money from ticket sales this week (6 – 12 November) will be automatically donated to the appeal. What’s more, everyone who buy a ticket this week will be entered into our exclusive prize draw to win a dream holiday for four to New York, courtesy of the team here at Barrhead Travel!
Support this amazing cause and buy your tickets today - http://www.girlsdayoutshow.co.uk/
As October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness month, on Saturday 21st October myself and 8 of my wonderful Barrhead Team, braved the rain, wind and freezing temperatures to make the 3,200 feet climb upto the top of Ben Lomond.
It was a gruelling 5 hour round trip but what an incredible achievement for all of us, all in aid of the wonderful charity Breast Cancer Awareness.
We all know someone who has been affected by this horrible disease, so the more money we raise the more we can help the amazing doctors and nurses help those currently battling cancer and more importantly the money we raise will go towards helping researchers finally kick cancers butt once and all.
I am very proud to say we have raised a whopping £2,000 and the amount is still growing so thank you to everyone that sponsored our team