Airbnb cancels Paris conference in wake of attacks The Airbnb Open conference being held in Paris has been cancelled in the wake of the attacks in the city on Friday. Scheduled to run from November 12 to 14, the apartment-sharing company's conference was meant to facilitate a gathering of Airbnb hosts as well as deepen the company's ties to its users. Instead, the conference was abruptly cancelled as Paris is still reeling from the events of the past 24 hours. See also: Live updates: Paris under attack "We are saddened and heartbroken by the events in Paris overnight," reads the statement from Airbnb on its website. "Our top priority is helping Airbnb Open attendees, hosts, and travelers in Paris stay safe. We’re also focused on confirming our employees are safe." Currently, the company has over 600 employees in the city, as well as 5,000 Airbnb hosts and "superhosts" in town to attend the conference. In a message to attendees, the company's executives said that they were "in shock over the tragic events" and that there were "grieving with the people of Paris." Citing the French government's advisory against large gatherings as the reason for the cancellation of the conference, the company's email message to its users went on to say: The tragedy that struck Paris yesterday reminded us of the destruction that is possible in this world. But in stark contrast, you came from 110 countries to celebrate kindness and compassion, and to remind us that the vast majority of people have open hearts and believe in a world of belonging … We stand with you, Paris, and the rest of the Airbnb community during this difficult time. However, despite the event cancellation, the company hasn't announced any special handling of existing Airbnb reservations in Paris, stating that hosts and guests needing to cancel reservations should contact the other person using the company's existing cancellation protocol. The Paris meeting was the company's second international gathering and the first outside of the U.S., the inaugural Airbnb Open was held in San Francisco in 2014. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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