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Earlier this year, Airbnb launched a new online service specifically for business travelers, including a centralized portal for managing all facets of a trip. It basically lets employees search for and book accommodation, with special considerations for proximity to meetings, team house-shares, and more.
Now, Airbnb is introducing the service internationally, kicking off today with the U.K. and Australia.
Today’s global expansion also coincides with the full integration with Concur’s Triplink service, which lets business travelers use Triplink to book directly on Airbnb, with their expenses and itineraries automatically appearing within Concur.
This makes sense in a number of ways, as it means employees don’t have to manually figure out their expenditure and remember to submit the paperwork, while administrators and financial personnel have immediate access to the travel activities of the company’s workforce.
This also follows a trend we’re seeing across the so-called “sharing economy,” with traditionally consumer-centric services placing more focus on the lucrative enterprise space. Indeed, the day after Airbnb announced its new platform back in July, Uber followed suit with the launch of business accounts.
Airbnb’s Business Travel is now open in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, with more European countries to be added in early 2015.