Airbnb Targets Business Travelers by Acquiring Urbandoor

Airbnb has acquired Urbandoor, an online marketplace where business travelers can find furnished and serviced apartments for extended business trips, relocations and other longer-term stays, according to TechCrunch.

Urbandoor features “apartment communities” in more than 1,500 cities in more than 60 countries. Unlike Airbnb, Urbandoor  negotiates directly with multifamily owners rather than renters.

The acquisition will strengthen Airbnb for Work’s proposition for the corporate travel community.

Greg Greeley, president of Homes at Airbnb, says: “Airbnb is partnering with property owners, developers, and residents to support hosting around the world.

Guests looking to book longer trips—often business travelers or people in the process of relocating—choose to stay in serviced apartments because they offer amenities such as gyms, pools, and concierge services. Bringing more of these places to stay to Airbnb will strengthen Airbnb for Work’s engagement with the more than 500,000 companies who use Airbnb for Work to help manage their business travel, according to the company.

This is the latest in Airbnb’s acquisitions. A few months ago, it acquired HotelTonight, a San Francisco startup that helps corporate travelers make last-minute bookings.