The 2017 GBTA Convention saw representatives of Airbnb on several discussion panels alongside travel managers and industry professionals including one session about risk management and alternative accommodations while many corporate travel managers took selfies in the Airbnb booth and alongside the company’s global head of business travel, David Holyoke.
According to Airbnb, 15% of its total room nights globally come from business travel and is aiming for 30% by 2020. The company also has partnerships and data-sharing agreements with a number of major players including UnitedHealthcare, American Express Global Business Travel and Concur TripLink, and gave Flight Centre Travel Group’s corporate division access to its Airbnb for Business inventory.
The message from the Conference was that Airbnb doesn’t want its corporate clients to use it for every overnight stay, just a portion. According to Certify’s SpendSmart Report for the Q4 2016, Airbnb accounted for only 0.27% of lodging expenses.