Business-travel bookings on Airbnb have tripled in 2016, according to the home-sharing website, which yesterday introduced a new tool that will seize on that growth by allowing employees to book business-travel accommodations for their coworkers.
The new feature means that travel managers and executive assistants will be able to book Airbnb listings on behalf of their colleagues by designating other travelers in the checkout flow. Both the person taking the trip and the person booking it will be able to access trip details, modify the reservation, and communicate with the Airbnb host in order to ask questions about the listing or neighborhood.
"More and more business travelers are choosing to stay with Airbnb while they are on the road, so they get the chance to not just visit, but live in a city, even if it's for one night," said Lex Bayer, head of global payments and business development at Airbnb. "Our hosts offer more than just generic hospitality, they help travelers live in the heart of local neighborhoods. We are excited that this product update will introduce a whole new segment of business travelers to this experience."
To date, 50,000 companies have used its business product, Airbnb for Business, to make a booking, according to Airbnb, which says 10 percent of all travel that happens on Airbnb is business travel.
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