Airbnb expanding into business travel

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Travelling for business or pleasure? Airbnb, the home rental start-up, wants to be your go-to for both.

On Monday, the company introduced a business travel initiative, expanding Airbnb beyond the vacation and couch-surfing crowds it has traditionally focused on.

Since 2008, Airbnb has hosted a service that allows home and apartment owners to rent out rooms for short periods of time, effectively becoming short-term hostels for travellers.

The new effort adds a section to the company's website, tailored for business travellers. Airbnb started its push for business travellers by forming partnerships with other technology companies, such as file management company Evernote, ride-sharing start-up Lyft and cloud computing business Salesforce, which have integrated Airbnb options into their corporate travel booking systems.

In addition, Airbnb plans to offer the service to other businesses as well.

"Nearly 10 per cent of Airbnb's customers travel for business already and we've heard from customers that this type of offering is high on their wish list," Mr Chip Conley, Airbnb's head of global hospitality, said in a statement.

Airbnb, which operates in nearly 200 countries, has also teamed up with Concur, the expense account and travel booking management company. Through the partnership, travellers can book Airbnb accommodations via Concur's smartphone app or website. Expenses for the bookings will automatically appear in Concur's expense account management software.

Airbnb's pitch is aimed at those on business trips who tire of lodging at large hotel chains. Often, Concur has found, employees have ventured outside their internal travel systems to book trips using Airbnb's service, including travellers who have corporate deals worked out with a hotel chain.

The initiative is a large undertaking for the rental-sharing company, squarely taking on giants in the hospitality industry such as Marriott International.

The move into the sector could attract more scrutiny from regulators and government officials, which have grown increasingly interested in whether Airbnb's rental-sharing customers are breaking the law.

In May, the New York state attorney general's office won a case in which Airbnb was required to hand over anonymous data on a host of its users.

In April, Airbnb closed a US$450-million (S$558-million) round of venture financing, valuing the start-up at US$10 billion. The company has raised nearly US$750 million to date.

 
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