Airbnb and BCD Travel announce data-sharing partnership

BCD Travel is now working with Airbnb for Business to provide corporate travel clients with data in a new security and risk management offering, which can track the location and trip patterns of business travelers who book Airbnb listings.

Airbnb’s data will be integrated into BCD Travel’s DecisionSource business intelligence and security solution, allowing clients to interact with maps and detailed reports in real-time and bring Airbnb accommodation bookings into view for managed travel.

Recent natural disasters, political unrest and terrorist attacks have placed travel risk management among corporate travel professionals’ top priorities. BCD Travel’s risk management solutions prepare travelers for potential risks before their trip, keep track of travelers around the world and help companies connect with travelers in the event of a crisis.

Torsten Kriedt, vice president, Ccrporate intelligence, product planning & portfolio management, said: “The sharing economy offers new, innovative travel options for business travelers. However, in the event of a crisis, it’s a company’s legal and moral responsibility to ensure employees are safe no matter where they are.

“As demand for alternative travel grows, we’re working a step ahead to offer clients the best approach to modern travel and risk management.”

Lex Bayer, head of global payments and business development at Airbnb added: “Airbnb is excited to be partnering with BCD Travel and bringing Airbnb for Business to a whole new group of clients and managed travel programs. By partnering with BCD Travel on this initiative we expect travel managers to gain better insights into the cost savings, comprehensive global inventory and flexible travel options that Airbnb offers to their travelers.”

“With the data feeds from alternative accommodations, travel managers will have a more comprehensive view of travel program spend,” said Leslie West, senior vice president of BCD Travel. “They can capture and analyze spend with travelers staying in rooms booked through Airbnb to enable better, more-confident program decisions.”

BCD regards its initiative to integrate Airbnb into managed travel as a significant first step toward a much broader offering. “Content is evolving, content sources are changing, and our clients want content that’s available through a variety of channels,” said Ana Pedersen, BCD Travel vice president of global hotel strategy.

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