Business Travel Heating Up on Booking.com
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Booking.com revealed Tuesday that more and more travelers are using its website to book business trips, with nearly one in five bookings being made for business travel.
In response to the growing number of business travel bookings, Booking.com has announced new features and services designed to simplify the process for road warriors.
"Among Booking.com customers, location is the primary factor when selecting a place to stay when traveling for work," Booking.com's senior product owner Ripsy Bandourian pointed out in a statement. "With around a third of U.S. business bookings on Booking.com made at places that are not hotels, there's also a clear and growing desire for something different."
Bandourian says the "traditional executive crash-pad" is a thing of the past.
"Today's business travelers wear more guises and require more choice, control and flexibility over where they choose to rest their heads than ever before," she added.
Booking.com said it has sifted through millions of reviews to round up accommodations most often preferred by working travelers.
In addition to breaking down choices by more than two dozen different types of accommodations, including apartments and homes, the site said it helps business travelers sort through accommodations based on preferred amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi service and breakfast options.
Bandourian said the site's efforts are paying off with more businesses ditching traditional methods and opting for the Booking.com for Business tool, which launched earlier this year. She said that "tens of thousands of businesses have signed up" already.
"We see strong growth and a bright future in this area," she stated. "Someday, we hope to see as many business bookings as leisure bookings on our site."
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