Airbnb is looking to expand its new online inventory of corporate-ready accommodations with new website functionality and the acquisition of Urbandoor, a digital business traveler and extended stay solution. Urbandoor, a startup incubated in 2015, connects guests with furnished apartment options. The footprint includes apartment communities in more than 1,500 cities in over 60 countries.
When guests let Airbnb know they're traveling for work by using the work trip toggle, their search returns results more relevant for business trips. Searchers will see and be able to book work-friendly places to stay, including those that meet increased quality standards through positive ratings from business travelers, and where hosts have indicated there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
The new features – available globally – add to existing Airbnb tools tailored to business travelers and travel managers, including centralized billing, notes for expensing purposes. Airbnb for Work was originally launched as Airbnb for Business. The company claims that more than 500,000 companies around the world use Airbnb for Work to help manage their business travel.