Airbnb improving its business travel features

Peter Terlato 3 May 2017

Airbnb guest working business

New search filters, benefits and business-ready hosts.

Globally, online community marketplace Airbnb now caters to more than 250,000 companies whose employees utilise accommodation listings during business trips, both domestically and internationally.

In 2016, the number of business trips on Airbnb tripled. Currently, 10% of all Airbnb trips are for work.

With this in mind, Airbnb decided to expand and develop its Airbnb For Business platform, launching a new search filter - available on both mobile and desktop - identifying Business Travel Ready properties.

These listings are determined by the hosts' ability to offer business-friendly conveniences such as 24-hour check-in, no host cancellations within seven days of arrival, wireless internet, a laptop-ready workspace, essential amenities (ie hairdryer, clothes iron and toiletries) and certain safety features, similar to what hotel accommodation currently offers business travellers.

According to Airbnb, there are presently more than 150,000 Business Travel Ready listings worldwide.

To try out the new search function, you’ll need to register as a business traveller on your Airbnb account.

Airbnb is giving first-time business travellers a $US50 voucher to use towards their next Airbnb trip.

Airbnb recently expanded its offerings in Australia, branching out beyond accommodation listings and launching a new platform, Trips, which incorporates local experiences, events, recommendations and tips.

An analysis run late last year found Sydney's rental market has been flooded by Airbnb listings, with landlords receiving similar returns as traditional rentals despite properties being less frequently occupied.

From five-star luxury villas in Thailand to a bed in the back of a converted Kombi van in Canada, Airbnb offers unique and affordable accommodation experiences. But is it covered by your travel insurance?

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