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Airbnb for Work

5 Nov 2018 by Business Traveller India

Business Traveller India partnership 

Airbnb, a global travel community that offers home rentals and offbeat experiences, is expanding its business travel segment with Airbnb for Work.

Airbnb for Work has recently announced a new strategic direction that will help companies and professionals to keep up with the changing ways we work.

This initiative will see the community grow into three new areas: experiences on Airbnb for team-building,  Airbnb Homes for off-sites and meetings, and options for people relocating for work.

Airbnb has seen the exponential growth in this segment.  Almost 700,000 companies have booked Airbnb for Work. Of all these companies, more than 300,000 are directly engaged with Airbnb to help manage their travel.

An avid Airbnb user, Pooja Dhingra, Founder/CEO, Le 15 Patisserie, says“I’ve been an Airbnb user for a long time now, and always prefer the comfort of home, when travelling for work. I treasure the insights, I get from local hosts and am still in touch with some of the host-friends that I’ve met over the years. One thing that always stands out for me, is the standard of homes and the upkeep is always exceptional.”

Offsites and meetings

Airbnb for Work is now showcasing homes where coworkers can create and collaborate for informal or formal offsites. These homes are available for hosting events, and offer work-friendly amenities like Wifi, self-check-in, etc.

According to a recent Amex Global Business Travel report, rising demand for non-traditional meeting spaces is expected to continue to outpace growth in demand for other property types in 2018. In addition to homes, there are nearly 3,000 castles and 1,400 tree houses around the world on the Airbnb platform.

Its 24-hour check-in feature makes it quite easy for professionals travelling for work. Masaba Gupta, fashion designer, says, “When I travel for work, I usually opt for Airbnb because it’s very convenient. I usually travel solo and enjoy staying with interesting hosts or sometimes in a full apartment to get all the space to get my work done with ease.”

Team-building experiences

According to Korn Ferry, companies with engaged employees make 2.5 times the revenue and are 87 per cent more likely to retain their employees, with team building being one of the most effective ways to foster engagement within a company.

Airbnb For Work offers newly-featured group experiences by local experts such as sailing lessons, pastry-making classes with a Michelin chef, traditional Balinese cooking classes, These experiences are currently available in more than 800 markets around the world in a number of categories, including wellness, team-building, and social impact.

With Airbnb for Work, the company is introducing a better way for teams to bond.

Mobility and relocation

Today’s workforce is global and on the move. According to BDO, nearly 20% of employees around the world are eager to relocate.

We can all agree moving is stressful.

Therefore, Airbnb is expanding its footprint in relocations to help more professionals find a home. airbnbforwork.com.

“There’s no place like home, when travelling for work. After a long day of shows and business meetings, all I look forward to is the convenience and comfort of my own home and that’s why I always opt for an Airbnb. Aside from the ease of booking, the homes are truly pleasant and well-equipped for seamless business travel.”

“For me, being fit is an intrinsic part of who I am today. I always pay attention to my fitness regime and health even while traveling for work. Staying at an Airbnb gives me the accessibility and ease to follow my routine even when I’m on the move without compromising on my health. I also love that I can control my diet while staying at an Airbnb. It’s these little perks, that make me choose Airbnb.”

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