Airbnb is no threat to the TMC

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The debate about business travel using “sharing economy” accommodation, such as market leader Airbnb, continues to gather pace. However, Nigel Gurner, a senior director at travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel says it it unlikely to seriously challenge traditional hotels.

He said: “It’s only a threat to the TMC if there’s the demand and you don’t do anything about it. We will harness it if there’s demand.” Adding, “The question is why would a traveller want to stay in a shared property? Most people don’t like sharing a car or a desk.”

Lennert de Jong, commercial director of independent hotel chain CitizenM, agreed saying, “Airbnb is fine for leisure but it has limitations for serious business travellers – for example, it’s a hassle not having a concierge.”

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