Travel and operational risk company Anvil has announced its employee travel monitoring system (ETMS) is now directly connected with Airbnb. It says this link will allow businesses to maintain their duty of care for travellers who wish to stay in the shared accommodation option.
Recent research by Chrome River shows use of shared economy services is growing in the business travel world. Historically, any bookings made outside the standard GDS route did not comply with risk management systems, requiring additional manual administration on the part of the booker to ensure data was appropriately received and logged.
Anvil says its ETMS connection with Airbnb now accepts data directly from Airbnb, allowing travel managers to automatically capture booking data.
Peter Davies, Anvil’s head of research and technical development, said: “Corporate travellers and those booking travel on their behalf are busy people and do not want to be bogged down by excessive form filling and admin. [Our] Airbnb connection mechanism works in the same way as our direct Global Distribution System - a major electronic worldwide reservation system used by travel agents to book flights, hotels, car rental and other travel services. The major players in this area are Sab... connections, ensuring a smooth and secure transfer of data.”