Airbnb eases business travel via Concur integration

Published on : Friday, July 14, 2017

AirbnbSince quite a long time, Airbnb has been posing certain challenges for corporate travellers triggering leakage and subsequent safety concerns when they decide to reside in an apartment rather than a conventional hotel room.


Now, it appears that Airbnb is ready to make important forays into the business travel landscape.


Concur is ready to launch Airbnb listings to its Concur Travel booking tool in the new few months thereby making a crucial milestone for the sharing economy giant. The data of Concur reveals that there has been a 33% year-on-year rise in the usage of Airbnb among corporate visitors in the second quarter of 2017.


This fresh integration is believed to make it more convenient for travel managers to track where their travellers are located and also for the travellers to automatically expense their Airbnb stays.


Tim MacDonald who is the chief product officer at Concur said that their customers are eager to offer their employees the ability to leverage the lodging of Airbnb, but within the framework of their existent travel program.


He said that they had partnered with Airbnb to bring about this advantage for corporate travellers.


The other reputed global travel management companies already enjoy connections with Airbnb . But, the reach of the online booking tool of Concur is quite noted for the business travellers. Concur says that this is the very first time Airbnb would be bookable via a corporate online booking tool.


However, Concur and Airbnb refused to disclose the financial relationship.


Recent research indicates that a majority of corporate travel policies are not inclusive of home sharing accommodation options. A study conducted by the Global Business Travel Association in the early part of 2017 states that about 17% of travel policies permit homesharing, as revealed by a poll of North American travel managers.



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