As part of its ongoing effort to attract more business travelers to its service, home sharing website Airbnb has formed a new partnership with BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, a corporate housing firm with more than 50,000 apartments in more than 60 countries, BridgeStreet announced yesterday.
Through the partnership, BridgeStreet will offer its inventory of corporate apartments -- typically occupied for extended stays by employees who are relocating -- to business travelers booking accommodations through Airbnb. In return, BridgeStreet hopes to expose Airbnb clients to its corporate housing services, while also giving its own clients access to more diverse inventory through Airbnb's network.
"Long-term travelers want more than just access to a place to lay their head, they want to get to know their city, neighborhood 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 Airbnb Head of Hospitality Chip Conley. "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. "
Added BridgeStreet CEO Sean Worker, "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."