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Published on : Friday, June 10, 2016
As business travel has tripled in growth on Airbnb in 2016, this new feature can make the bookings really easy and faster. Even the travel managers and executive assistants can book the Airbnb listings on behalf of other employees.
Airbnb vice president of engineering Mike Curtis said that the feature would also let you tinker with reservations along the person who made it for you. He added that both the persons, who booked it for whom, will be able to exchange messages with the host.
Introducing new capability for business travel does make sense for Airbnb to do. Google, Morgan Stanley, and Salesforce already use Airbnb for that function. The company surely handles a lot of vacation travel, but in fact the first Airbnb stay was a business trip, Curtis said, and business travel has got to be a considerable percentage of revenue for the 7-year-old company at this point. Large companies often rely on people who are dedicated to handling travel reservations, and this new feature will better accommodate that type of process.
Lex Bayer, head of global payments and business development at Airbnb said that more business travellers are choosing to stay with Airbnb while they are on the road, so they get the chance to not just visit, but also live in a city, even if it’s for one night. With this new feature product update, Airbnb is excited to provide a whole new segment of business travellers this experience.