Airbnb Expands Business Travel Program Worldwide

Airbnb Business Travel Program

Since launching last July, its Business Travel program has grown 700 percent with the addition of more than 250 corporate users, including Google, GBWA, Twilio, and Sound Cloud, among others, according to home sharing website Airbnb, which yesterday announced the program's global expansion with the introduction of a new product suite designed to make it easier for companies to use Airbnb to book accommodations.

"Our employees worldwide appreciate the choice and flexibility that Airbnb listings provide them when they're on the road -- whether for conferences, meetings, or team offsites," said Darragh Ormsby, global travel manager at Google. "It's great that Googlers can easily access Airbnb's wide range of accommodations as they make their travel plans."

The centerpiece of Airbnb's new, global Business Travel offering is its just-released Business Travel dashboard, which allows employees to opt in to book Airbnbs and expense them directly back to the business. Along with central billing and financial reporting data, the dashboard includes three components:

• An Activity Tab for cataloging current and upcoming employee trips, including trip dates, location, date booked, trip status, number of people in each party, and an interactive map.

• A Reporting Tab for collecting and managing booking reports for the entire organization, and for exporting financial data and reports.

• An Employees Tab for managing approved and pending employees who have been permitted to book business travel using Airbnb.

"As an agency, we are huge fans of Airbnb and have been using their site to book accommodations for years. We are very excited about the new dashboard tool and are looking forward to rolling it out within our organization," said Joe Basso, budget director at TBWA\CHIAT\DAY. "Not only will it help streamline the booking process for business travel, but it will ultimately help us better manage invoices, expenses, and stays on a single web-based platform."

Companies that sign up for Airbnb's Business Travel program before Sept. 1, 2015, will be eligible for a special promotion. Business travelers at enrolled companies will receive $50 in Airbnb credit to use towards their first corporate travel booking.

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