Travel, expense and invoice management solution provider Concur, an SAP company, has announced that business travellers will be able to view and book Airbnb listings from within Concur Travel.
The change comes into response to strong growth in business travellers expensing Airbnb accommodations, increasing 33 per cent year over year in Q2 2017.
The embedded listings will enable travellers to search for Airbnb listings directly on the results page of Concur’s online bookings tool.
The inclusion will allow business travellers to book alternative lodging within their existing travel management program and policy framework, with itineraries and e-receipts automatically fed back to Concur to simplify expense reports.
“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 program,” said Tim MacDonald, chief product officer, Concur.
“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.”
“The lines between business and leisure travel are blurring, with more and more of us combining business trips with weekend stays,” said David Holyoke global head of business travel at Airbnb.
“Travellers often want to get out and absorb the culture of a city when they’re traveling 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.”
The Airbnb listings will be added to Concur Travel in the coming months.