Airbnb to be officially recognised by Business Travel Show

Airbnb to be a featured exhibitor at show next year

22 December 2014
The Business Travel Show has confirmed that Airbnb, the online per-to-peer alternative to hotels, will be exhibiting for the first time.

The show also confirmed that Marc McCabe, Airbnb’s Business Development Director, will feature on a panel session, calling on the corporate travel industry to wake up to the benefits of the sharing economy.
Airbnb, which is arguably at the forefront of the peer-to-peer service industry, earlier this year addressed its intent to actively chase the business travel market, something which Airbnb had originally intended not to pursue.

David Chapple, Business Travel Show event director said “The sharing economy is one of the hottest business debates of the year and companies like Airbnb have attracted massive publicity following their success in the leisure market.”

David Chapple went on to say that “This panel session will debate whether corporate travel buyers should allow companies like Airbnb into their travel programme, whether they are going to end up costing more or less than conventional travel suppliers and whether there are risks which could compromise duty of care. It’s an absolute must-attend session.”

Despite popular opinion within the industry suggesting current business travel market conditions are big enough for both hotels and Airbnb, a number of hoteliers have expressed their intent to counter any possible future threats to profits, with pre-planned sales pushes and contingency business plans already in place.

The Business Travel Show takes place at the Olympia Grand, London on February 25-26 2015.
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