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Concur Travel tool to offer Airbnb listings

Posted by Phil Davies on
Concur Travel tool to offer Airbnb listings

Travel management companies are to gain access to view and book Airbnb listings embedded within Concur Travel.

Embedded listings allow travellers to search for Airbnb availability direct on the search results page of Concur’s online booking tool.

Airbnb listings are expected to be available in the coming months.

Concur claims to be the only online business travel booking tool with Airbnb listings.

The integration aims to deliver greater flexibility for businesses to offer alternative accommodation to business travellers within their existing travel management programmes and policy framework.

The number of business travellers expensing Airbnb stays increased by 33% year-on-year in second quarter of 2017.

Staff from more than 250,000 companies in over 230 countries use Airbnb for work.

Concur chief product officer Tim MacDonald said: “Our customers want to give their employees the ability to take advantage of Airbnb lodging, but within the framework and controls of their existing travel programme.

“We partnered with Airbnb to do exactly that. First with TripLink and now with Concur Travel integration, we are providing the control and visibility our customers require, while helping travel managers fulfill their duty of care needs.”

Airbnb global head of business travel David Holyoke added: “The lines between business and leisure travel are blurring, with more and more of us combining business trips with weekend stays.

“Travellers often want to get out and absorb the culture of a city when they’re travelling for business, while travel managers need visibility in to employee spend and whereabouts to support corporate policy and duty of care programs.

“We’re excited to expand that opportunity through our partnership with Concur’s industry-leading solutions to make Airbnb for business travel easier to book.”

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