October 19, 2017

Airbnb teams up with WeWork to lure business travelers

Booking a room on Airbnb? Soon you’ll have the option to snag a desk or conference room at the closest WeWork location.

Two of the world’s most valuable technology startups are teaming up in the hopes of luring young business travelers away from hotels. Airbnb Inc. plans to begin a pilot program Thursday with WeWork Cos. to provide travelers with amenities commonly found in hotel business centers, such as a work desk, Wi-Fi, printers and meeting rooms, said people familiar with the project.

The companies will start with six cities: Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, London and Sydney, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing an unreleased program. When renting a room on Airbnb’s site, corporate customers will be able to save a spot at a WeWork office nearest to where they’re staying. Airbnb and WeWork confirmed the partnership but declined to provide specifics on the program or future plans.

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