Surprisingly, many of them are open to staying at an alternative kind of accommodation like B&Bs (54%), private condos (34%), private houses (32%), or even spending the night at a friend’s house (51%).
As a travel manager, it’s noteworthy to take this trend into account. The benefits of alternative and unique accommodations are twofold:
- Cost savings. Alternative accommodation is often available at a lower price (compared to traditional accommodation)
- One-of-a-kind experience. Offer something different over traditional formula of hotel chains
A unique experience
As we mentioned in earlier articles, your business travelers are no longer interested in the one-size-fits-all formula. Alternative accommodations might offer simply that: a more personalized approach.
“Business travelers today are looking for an experience that traditional big-box hotels can’t provide, such as living like a local in a high-rise apartment in Tokyo or a boathouse on the river in Paris. It’s smart for companies to offer these options within the corporate travel program,” said Marwan Batrouni, BCD Travel accommodations expert.
Cut the costs
Cutting costs of business traveling. It’s the #1 concern of travel managers, according to recent research by Booking.com.
Fortunately, Rocketrip uncovered in a US/UK-based study that alternative accommodations can do just that. For example, alternative accommodation users save up to €108 per night spend – in comparison with their non-alternative business travelers.
A first-of-its-kind solution
TravelClick, an Amadeus company, developed the Alternative Accommodations Solution to make it easier for travel managers to book alternative travel options. Now, you can easily browse through more than 27,000,000 alternative accommodation listings including in the Benelux. So don’t miss the boat on the latest trend!
Find more information on the Alternative Accommodations Solution here.