US: BridgeStreet Global Hospitality has announced a collaboration with shared economy short-term property rental platform Airbnb.
BridgeStreet is teaming up with Aibnb to
expand its new Airbnb for Business offerings to BridgeStreet's
"Long term travellers want more than just access to a place to lay their head, they want to get to know their city, neighbourhood bookshop, best place for coffee, live like a local, whether that means staying in a Victorian home in San Francisco or a loft in Paris," said Chip Conley, head of hospitality at Airbnb. "BridgeStreet is an incredible company to work with to help give any person from any company a truly unique experience when they are traveling for business."
Sean Worker, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality's chief executive officer, said: "BridgeStreet constantly maintains a pulse on travellers' habits to identify how we can better serve their needs. BridgeStreet is a leader in the corporate housing and serviced apartment sector, and we viewed Airbnb as a natural choice to link up with as they have certainly helped redefine the travel industry. Through our partnership, we will strategically position our services to Airbnb's untapped corporate travel audience, while we offer a broader array of experiences to our client base - it's incredibly intuitive."
Michelle De Costa, senior category strategist, procurement, at Liberty Mutual Insurance, said: "This is an interesting partnership that will close the gap in introducing shared economy services to a managed corporate program. Both Airbnb and BridgeStreet are creative thinkers that are clearly defining choice for the modern traveller, who are seeking quality and value. And those are two concepts that are not often used in the same sentence."