Minut reveals results from Airbnb pilot programme in Prague

Czechia: Property monitoring company Minut has revealed the results of its noise detector pilot programme carried out in partnership with Airbnb in Prague.

The pilot programme, announced back in September, shows how noise monitoring is a viable solution for responsible tourism in cities, according to the company, with Minut claiming to have solved 100 per cent of noise events detected during the period of the pilot.

Over the past six months, Minut worked with a group of voluntary hosts on Airbnb in Prague to equip their listings with a Minut sensor. Each participating host received Minut sensor[s] and a year of Pro subscription for free.

The hosts used Minut to detect and solve potential noise disturbance, all while respecting guest privacy.

With Minut Pro, hosts received access to Guest Connect – an automated communication feature enabling guests to be notified when Minut detects noise. Some hosts opted to use Guest Connect, while others preferred to communicate with guests directly via Airbnb.

Minut’s key takeaways were:

  1. While the majority of hosts do not experience noise issues regularly, Minut sensors give hosts “better peace of mind”.
  2. For hosts that experienced noise, the sensors enabled “fast intervention”, eliminating the noise within 13 minutes on average.
  • 100 per cent of noise events detected by Minut were solved after communicating with guests
  1. The vast majority [83 per cent] of hosts received positive feedback from guests.
  2. Neighbours were happy to see hosts adopt a proactive approach to noise.
  3. Hosts named noise insight as the most important advantage of the pilot programme.

Minut previously partnered with Airbnb in December 2019 for a three-month trial of its noise detection system in properties rented out in Edinburgh in Scotland via the rental platform.

The three-month trial, which coincided with the start of the peak Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations, was set up with the purpose of reassuring neighbours that visitors staying in short-term rental accommodation locally would not disrupt them.

Earlier this month, Airbnb announced the rollout of its “Solo Traveler” in-app experience, a new product aimed at promoting a safe and secure experience for solo travellers. With the platform becoming increasingly integral to solo travellers, Airbnb is keen to capitalise on the “live anywhere” phenomenon, whereby people now have the flexibility to live from anywhere and work remotely at the same time, and reassure its guest community who may have been concerned by previous incidents in listings.

Following the success of the latest pilot programme, Minut has announced that it will continue its partnership with an exclusive offer for Prague-based hosts on Airbnb, which can be claimed by downloading the full report at this link.