Who wouldn’t rather sleep in a cosy and furnished apartment than in an impersonal and often very sterile hotel room?
A professional Airbnb is a great alternative, especially for business travelers who are often away from their home for a longer period of time.
What are the advantages?
Companies have already recognized this trend and are now using booking portals such as Airbnb, Booking.com, Agoda and Expedia to book accommodations for their employees.
On top of that, the price for renting a professional holiday home is usually lower than for an overnight stay in a hotel. This can significantly reduce the company’s travel expenses.
It is clear that a five-star hotel offers a certain luxury and comfort that is then reflected in the price. However, this does not mean that guests in a professionally managed Airbnb have to renounce a certain level of luxury and comfort. A BnB has a number of advantages which you can get for a fraction of a hotel price.
Below we have listed a few reasons why more and more business travelers prefer a holiday home to a hotel room.
The long stay rental of a suitable vacation rental is very easy to handle trough the various home-sharing websites, and in many cases, also cheaper than a hotel.
Especially business travelers are often away from home for several weeks or even months, so it is extremely important for them to feel comfortable in their temporary home.
It is not unusual for companies to travel in a larger group for a business event. This is where the advantage of booking through a home-sharing platform lies. With just a few clicks it is possible to adjust the search parameters so that only the Airbnbs that offer the right number of rooms are displayed. In this way, all work colleagues are housed in a central location which encourages exchange between colleagues.
The business trip on Airbnb
It’s easy to find the right accommodation for your business trip on the Airbnb booking platform. You have to activate the button “For work” in the search options “Type of trip”.
Airbnb listings under the heading “For Work” must meet the following Airbnb facilities requirements:
Basic equipment (toilet paper, soap, towels, bed linen and pillows)
Workstation for laptops
Carbon Monoxide Detector
These are the features you would expect from a hotel.
In addition, the “for work” function simplifies the payment process and allows the hosts to invoice directly to the company.
HOST WATCH OUT!
If you are a host yourself and wishing to make your accommodation available to business travelers, you can obtain the appropriate qualification by becoming an Airbnb eligible host.
What requirements does your BnB have to meet?
As a host, you are not only required to meet the requirements regarding the facilities of your accommodation, but also other prerequisites such as a 24-hour self-check-in.
Possible ways to meet this requirement would be a key locker, a code lock or by handing it over personally through a receptionist or a porter.
In addition, you need an average guest review of at least 4.8 of the possible 5.0 Airbnb stars.
It also means that your listing must be professionally managed. Especially the aspects such as guest communication, coordination of your staff and calendar management must be perfectly coordinated in order to receive as many 5 star reviews as possible from your guests.
Your advantages as a host
By successfully collaborating with Airbnb in the area of business travel, you can assume that the occupancy rate and booking price of your holiday home will increase.
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