Business travelers currently account for a small percentage of accommodations rental site Airbnb’s customer base, but the company has started testing a new tactic aimed at boosting those numbers substantially.
The tech website Tnooz reports that Airbnb has a pilot project underway in the San Francisco Bay Area that lets business travelers find member properties tailored to meet their special needs. By pre-sorting its member properties in a given area, the site will help road warriors find appropriate lodging with a minimum of search time.
Although the program isn’t public yet, Tnooz displayed a list of standards Airbnb properties are expected to meet in order to qualify as a business-ready listing. It includes things like 24-hour access to keys on check-in day, Wi-Fi, laptop-friendly work spaces, coffee/tea, and more, as well as a minimum 60 percent level of five-star ratings for cleanliness, accuracy of listing, and overall user reviews.
Airbnb last year formed a link with corporate expense reporting giant Concur so that business travelers could use the latter’s booking tools to reserve member properties.
By room count, Airbnb is already well ahead of the largest hotel companies, and its growing accommodations-sharing business continues to draw some regulatory flack in certain cities.
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