The biz of Airbnb is biz
Business travellers now account for 15% of Airbnb bookings. Reservations for Airbnb for Work, which launched in 2014, rose threefold from 2015 to 2016, and threefold from 2016 to 2017. Close to 700,000 companies are using Airbnb for Work, among them Gap, Facebook and Twitter.
Airbnb says it has spotted a number of trends in the way people travel for work:
‘Bleisure’ (business trips combined with leisure stays) – more than 30% of Airbnb for Work bookings in the past year include at least one weekend night.
Business travellers are increasingly using Airbnb for shorter trips, which they may have booked hotels for in the past.
Close to 60% of Airbnb for Work trips in the last year had more than one guest
Extended stays and relocations being booked on Airbnb, ranging from long business trips or training sessions that require several weeks away, to on-site projects that can last several months to a year.
In the past year, the top 10 Airbnb for Work destinations were London, Paris and Los Angeles.