< PrevNext > Lex Bayer, Airbnb group head of Airbnb for Business The Mega Dealmaker By Julie Sickel / December 20, 2016 / Contact Reporter Share Airbnb once more had a milestone year of inroads into the corporate travel space. In early June, the company enabled third-party bookings on its Airbnb for Business platform, allowing users to book stays on behalf of colleagues. The capability allows travel managers to see every aspect of the transaction. "With our growth comes the need for us to continue to cater both to the traveler and to the travel manager," said Bayer. "Third-party bookings are a good example of that."In July, Airbnb inked deals with American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel so the mega travel management companies can capture Airbnb data. Each is building out its relationship with Airbnb in different ways and at different paces. For example, CWT allows agents to book on behalf of travelers, while BCD is integrating Airbnb data into its Decision Source reporting and analytics platform. "We're working with big companies, so things take time, especially when it comes to that kind of data integration," Bayer said. "We've made a lot of headway, and I think all three of them will be ready in Q1, and some of them are already working with private customers." With our growth comes the need for us to continue to cater both to the traveler and to the travel manager." While leaders in the hotel industry maintain that Airbnb is nabbing only a small portion of the business travel audience, the company means to continue to enhance its offerings for corporates. In November, Airbnb hired industry veteran and former president of Travel Leaders Corporate David Holyoke as director of business travel.The company still faces regulatory headwinds. During the past year, Airbnb filed separate lawsuits against New York City and Los Angeles after each passed legislation to enforce local short-term rental laws. Airbnb dropped both lawsuits during the final months of this year and pledged to cooperate with both municipalities, something it has done in other locales by agreeing to collect and remit occupancy taxes on behalf of hosts.