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July 22, 2015
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UK: Airbnb Targets Business Travel with Global Expansion




Airbnb is rolling out its Business Travel programme worldwide after experiencing 700 per cent growth in demand.

The hospitality website, which lists private residences for accommodation, dipped its toes into the business market last year, and has grown as a popular alternative to hotel stays. Now, Airbnb has introduced a range of tools for travel managers, which can catalogue employee trips, collect booking reports and financial data, plus a facility to manage approved employees who have been permitted to book business travel through the website. Airbnb has claimed 700 per cent growth in the Business Travel programme, with more than 250 companies signing up, including Google and SoundCloud.

Figures released last year by market research BDRC Continental indicate that Airbnb had not yet taken off, with 2.6 per cent of business travellers using the website, while the British Hospitality Association has criticised a government bill that could lead to the relaxation of rules on short term lets in London.

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