Airbnb Business Users Top 250,000

More than 250,000 companies—in more than 239 countries and territories – have signed up to use Airbnb for work, the San Francisco-based website says.

The number of business trips it booked last year tripled, says the home-stay travel company, although exact figures were not revealed.

Currently, the company says, nearly 10 percent of all trips on Airbnb are for work— totaling 8 million business guests, based on 2016 Airbnb bookings.

Airbnb rolled out several improvements recently to attract your business travel. And it promises more in 2017.

Already in place are:

-A third-party booking tool: This allows the employee managing travel and the employee taking the trip to book, make changes to a reservation and message the Airbnb host with questions about the listing or neighborhood.

-Business-travel-ready listings: Listed homes with the amenities and services a business traveler needs, such as Wi-Fi and laptop-­friendly workspaces, have grown to more than 150,000 globally. To use the new search function, you’ll need to register as a business traveler and have your work email address linked to your Airbnb account.

-Self check-in filter: As a business traveler, you can now filter search results for those listings where you can get into your reserved Airbnb accommodation after your designated check-in time using a key lockbox, smart lock, keypad or doorman.

-Business-friendly receipts: They are used to streamline the submitting of travel expenses.

-Integrations and partnerships: They are made with travel management companies and “duty of care” providers.

In the pipeline this year, says Airbnb, is integration with corporate travel-booking tools. This promises to make it easier to rebook the listing you absolutely loved, and to offer easier access to amenities such as gyms and co-working spaces.

“In the past, the Airbnb experience has been designed primarily for leisure travelers,” stated an Airbnb press release. “Not anymore. Business travelers come to Airbnb already knowing where they want to stay, and with less lead time. They want speed, convenience and reliability.”