At is 2016 Open Air Conference in San Francisco, Airbnb launches a new business traveler booking feature wherein, employees can book business travel for their co-workers. Company says that this new feature will bring a whole new way of how the businesses are booking listings for all of their business travel needs.
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Airbnb has experienced a triple growth in business travel segment for the year 2016, and now with this new feature business partners such as travel managers and executive assistants will be able to book Airbnb listings on behalf of their employees.
Until now, users were unable to designate other travellers in the checkout flow. From now on, employees will be able to book business travel listings for their co-workers, when they use Airbnb for business travel purposes.
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Moreover, the booked trip details can be both seen and verified by the employee who is managing the travel and has booked the ticket and as well the employee who is taking the business trip. They can also make desired changes to the reservation and can also message the Airbnb host the enquiring questions about the listing or the neighborhood.
Lex Bayer, head of global payments and business development at Airbnb in a statement has said that, “More and 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 live in a city, even if it’s for one night.”
He also said that, “Our hosts offer more than just generic hospitality, they help travellers live in the heart of local neighbourhoods.”
He further added that, “We are excited that this product update will introduce a whole new segment of business travelers to this experience.”
In a statement, Airbnb vice president of engineering Mike Curtis said that, “This makes it really easy to book on a colleague’s behalf, and it clearly designates to the host who will be coming to stay with them.”
Founded in August 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique spaces around the world online or from an iPhone device.