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Airbnb chosen by just 2 per cent of business travellers

Research from GTMC finds that hotel chains the overwhelming choice among business travellers

Pictured: Paul Wait, chief executive of the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC)

Hotel chains trump short term Airbnb-style lettings for business travellers, a study by the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) has found.

In a study of more than 1,000 business travellers, 71 per cent said location was a determining factor on where to stay, followed by price (55 per cent), ease of booking (53 per cent), safety considerations (49 per cent) and facilities (47 per cent).

Three quarters said they preferred staying in a chain hotel, with just two per cent opting for a rented room or home via a sharing website.

The study, prepared by HRS Global Hotel Solutions, also found that 73 per cent had a booking policy for accommodation.

Of the facilities offered, Wi-Fi was nominated the most important (96 per cent), followed by sufficient power sockets (95 per cent) and breakfast (94 per cent).

Paul Wait, GTMC chief executive, said: "For today’s business travellers it is peace of mind in terms of facilities and traveller safety that mean hotels continue to hold the trump card when attracting the corporate market, despite the ever-increasing popularity of the sharing economy.

"Whilst shared homes might be able to compete on price and location there is the ongoing issue of safety and connectivity. With both guaranteed at hotels, business travellers and company owners are assured of the facilities in place for effective working and more efficient business travel."

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