Airbnb is severe about enterprise journey.
To again that up, the home-rental firm on Monday shared updates about how folks use its skilled neighborhood, which was not too long ago rebranded as Airbnb for Work to ‘higher embody the distinctive advantages solely Airbnb can provide in the present day’s fashionable workforce.’
Airbnb for Work bookings tripled from 2015 to 2016, after which tripled once more from 2016 to 2017, the corporate mentioned in a weblog put up. It additionally mentioned ‘practically 700,000 firms have had staff join and guide with Airbnb for Work,’ including that greater than 275,000 are immediately engaged with Airbnb to handle journey.
Persons are additionally apparently mixing work and enjoyable. Airbnb mentioned greater than 30 % of Airbnb for Work bookings included a minimum of one weekend evening and longer stays of a minimum of 14 days have elevated over the previous 12 months. Among the prime locations for enterprise journeys are London, Paris, Los Angeles and New York.
‘We’re seeing large continued progress of firms reserving with Airbnb for Work,’ mentioned an Airbnb spokesperson in an electronic mail assertion. ‘We’re additionally seeing attention-grabbing developments in the way in which persons are touring for work — mixing enterprise with leisure, utilizing Airbnb for shorter stays and touring along with colleagues to collaborate when on the highway.’
Airbnb is touting its reputation, however the service has additionally faced criticism. Residents, regulators and housing advocates have argued that short-term leases imply cities lose tax income that resorts paid, whereas additionally lowering rental inventory and exacerbating the housing crunch in lots of cities. Airbnb has begun working with many cities, however a few of its feuds, like with New York, are ongoing.
Airbnb additionally mentioned in its weblog put up that it will roll out customizable journey pages for companies, known as HOMEpages, to assist firms ‘streamline how their staff seek for and guide listings.’ These HOMEpages will provide options like customized search settings, pre-filtered places, top-rated listings close to places of work and journey ideas and reminders.