Airbnb is expanding further into business travel to make it easier for corporate customers to book accommodation with Airbnb hosts, after signing a deal with three travel management companies, American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), BCD Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

This could pause a serious threat to hotel managers who previously considered that business travellers, their core customers, were safe from the sharing economy due to safety concerns and limited service.

 

However Airbnb says that more than 50,000 employees of more than 5,000 companies have completed bookings since July 2015, saving their companies on average 30% over traditional accommodation and generally staying twice as long.

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