A poll by the Business Travel Show found 58% of 243 buyers agreeing that alternative accommodation and transport providers including Airbnb and Uber are a good thing, compared to less than half (37%) 12 months ago.

The number of buyers who consider the sharing economy as a threat has also dropped from a quarter to 18% with just 17% remaining undecided, against to 38% last year.

Business Travel Show event director David Chapple said: “Some travel managers are still concerned about potential duty of care issues, and it’s sensible of them to put travellers first.

“But, in a few years’ time, I’m sure we won’t even be having this conversation and Airbnb will be considered just another accommodation option, much like serviced apartments are today.”

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