BCD Travel announced a partnership with Airbnb for Business to provide a new, data-rich solution that enables tracking of business travellers’ locations and travel patterns when they book Airbnb listings.
Airbnb data will be integrated into BCD’s proprietary DecisionSource© business intelligence and security platform. The result: More comprehensive and complete interactive maps and real-time reports for BCD clients.
The enhanced solution allows companies to more effectively prepare travellers for potential risks before their trips; keep track of travellers around the world; and connect with them in a crisis.
“The sharing economy offers new, innovative travel options for business travellers. 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,” says Torsten Kriedt, BCD’s vice president of Corporate Intelligence, Product Planning & Portfolio Management. “As demand for alternative travel grows, we’re working a step ahead to offer clients the best approach to modern travel and risk management.”
The Airbnb data integration also improves broader corporate travel program insights, explained BCD Senior Vice President Leslie West.
“With the data feeds from alternative accommodations, travel managers will have a more comprehensive view of travel program spend,” West said. “They can capture and analyze spend with travellers staying in rooms booked through Airbnb to enable better, more-confident program decisions.”