Travel

Airbnb teams up with WeWork for the perfect business trip

By Anna Schaverien 9 October 2017
Summary

No more drab conference centres.

Airbnb and WeWork’s secret partnership has leaked and we can’t wait for it to happen.

The next time you book a plush Airbnb for a business trip, the upcoming scheme will offer you a convenient desk space at the nearest WeWork office.

The promise of a homely apartment and a modern co-working space with all the amenities is enough to perk up any jet-lagged corporate worker.

London is one of the six chosen cities where business travellers will be able to escape the confines of the dreaded hotel business centre.

Airbnb’s corporate customers on trips to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, and Sydney will also benefit from the link-up, according to Bloomberg.

This is not the first time everyone’s favourite home stay startup has targeted business customers.

It launched Airbnb for Business back in 2015 and revealed last year there were more than 150,000 companies using the service worldwide.

 

With 10% of Airbnb trips now booked for business, hosts can also apply to be ‘Business Travel Ready’ if their house or apartment has a laptop-friendly workspace, free wifi and 24-hour check in.

But Airbnb is in the UK government’s bad books at the moment, after it only paid £188,000 in tax last year.

Airbnb said in a statement: “We follow the rules and pay all the tax we owe.”

Despite a minuscule tax bill, the offer of an improved business trip is going to be hard to resist for the wearied traveller.

Hotels, beware.