Business Travel Driving Airbnb Forward

The world of business travel continues to change. Alexander Schwarz, Country Manager DACH at Airbnb, said that the accommodation group is looking to develop its business offer. We asked him firstly about current business travel trends.

The lines between business and leisure travel are blurring; more and more of us are combining business trips with weekend stays. In fact, more than 50% of business trips on Airbnb in 2016 included a Saturday night. Airbnb gives travellers a chance to live in a city when traveling for work.

How have you adapted the platform for the business travel market?

We’ve made a number of improvements to make business travel on Airbnb easier and more convenient. We launched a third-party booking tool for example so both the employee who is managing travel, and the employee who is taking the trip, can book, make changes to the reservation and message the Airbnb host with any questions.

What about Airbnb’s biggest partnership to date with Concur?

In addition to working with Concur to help companies using Airbnb to manage travel and track expenses through TripLink, Concur will soon incorporate Airbnb listings into their search and booking tool. All of our efforts are paying off. 18,000 companies are signing up and booking with the Airbnb for Work program per month.

Photo: Alexander Schwarz Country Manager DACH, Airbnb