The business traveller is increasingly opting for Airbnb over hotels, and now the company has even more support.
The community-driven hospitality company has signed 500 new companies to its Airbnb for Business program within 24 hours of launching on July 20, according to eTN.
There are now more than 1000 businesses from over 35 countries around the world who are slotting Airbnb into their corporate travel programs.
Among this roster are Fortune 1000 companies, including Google, who are allowing employees to pick and choose from Airbnb’s range of accommodations instead of staying in the usual hotel.
“We were particularly impressed that Airbnb’s new Business Travel product suite allows you to uncover unique locations for temporary housing, team offsites and conventions where there is an opportunity to build closer working relationships by sharing accommodations in a casual and friendly environment,” VP, Controller and CAO at Box Jeff Mannie said, per eTN.
“Like Box, Airbnb is making it easier for business users on the go and we’re looking forward to trying out the product and expanding our relationship.”
Airbnb’s business travel lead Marc McCabe added that the response has been larger than life – a sign of the changing trends in business travel.
“The corporate community’s response to our Business Travel program has been staggering and confirms our findings that business travelers increasingly want to redefine the business trip,” McCabe said.
“The average business travel stay on Airbnb is 6.8 days, which shows how customers are looking for a mix of business and leisure, and often adding a weekend to explore a new destination.”
Airbnb for Business aims to cater to the diverse needs of business travellers, as well as enabling them to book direct and automatically expense them back to their employers.
The recently introduced suite of travel management tools provide travel managers with visibility into employee travel itineraries, financial reporting data, and centralised billing to improve the business travel experience for all.