Airbnb reaches out to business travellers

Global TMCs show greater trust in sharing economy
Airbnb’s new partnerships with global TMCs will take its content to more road warriors while satisfying corporate duty of care requirements, the companies are saying.
The partnerships between Airbnb and American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel will first allow corporate travellers to access more local experiences.
Global Business Travel clients will be able to book accommodation at using a corporate email address. In the coming weeks, Airbnb booking data will be integrated into its reporting platform, “enabling corporate reporting and traveller tracking which supports duty of care responsibilities,” a GBT spokesperson explained.
This arrangement will go live in the US in the next few weeks to allow all GBT clients there to book Airbnb content worldwide, before expanding to other markets later this year.
BCD Travel, which has an existing partnership with the sharing economy giant, will integrate Airbnb data into its DecisionSource business intelligence and security solution. This will allow BCD Travel clients to interact with maps and detailed reports in real-time and bring Airbnb accommodation bookings into view for managed travel.
With CWT, Airbnb for Business content will be made available to its clients, allowing travellers more options and flexibility as well as a highly personalised itinerary.
While post-booking security measures are in place, the TMCs will not be able to guide clients in making a safe Airbnb accommodation choice – one of the concerns among corporate travel managers who shun sharing economy accommodation options.
TTG Asia

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