People traveling for business have been staying in high-end hotels for the longest time. However, over the last couple of years, most business travelers have been opting for vacation rentals over hotels. If you are an Airbnb host, you can take advantage of this shift to get more guests. Keep in mind that business travelers travel all the time and have no high or low season. With that said, how do you ensure that you can attract an Airbnb traveler for business purposes? Here are some helpful tips.
Create a Workplace
A business traveler will be working while staying in your space. To ensure their comfort, you need to create an ideal space for working. Some of the most important items a home office needs include:
- A working desk
- Ergonomic chair
- Reliable and free WiFi
- Good light for the working area
- Outlet strips
- A working all in one printer, scanner, fax machine
- Complimentary notepads and pens
- Outlet strips
If you have a large property, you can set up an entire area for working purposes to ensure that the business traveler is comfortable and can host meetings if possible. If you have a small space, even a comfortable desk and chair in the living room will do. A printer makes your listing more appealing due to the convenience it brings. Make it a point to get one. No business traveler wants to keep going outside to print something.
Generally, most guests have no issues walking for a few minutes to the nearest parking lot or transportation system. But for business travelers, every second counts. They want to be able to get from point A to B quickly. So, if your property does not have parking, then suggest parking spaces close to your listing that are cost-efficient.
💡 The most common types of parking are angle parking, perpendicular parking and parallel parking. Angle parking is especially widespread in parking lots, where vehicles are designated to go one way.
One of the reasons people love staying in a hotel is the added comfort they can enjoy during their stay. In a hotel, guests get quality bedding, top-shelf toiletries, and daily housekeeping. Therefore, try to provide your guests with the same amenities. In fact, hire an Airbnb cleaner to come and clean the place before a guest arrives. Business travelers may spend a significant amount of time working indoors, which means they are likely to spot dirt easily. To avoid conflict with your guests or bad reviews, schedule proper cleaning earlier.
Provide Laundry Amenities
Business travelers want to look their best at all times. That is why laundry services will appeal to them. Ensure that your guests have a place they can hang their clothes. You may also want to provide the following amenities:
- Iron and Ironing board
- Washer and dryer
- Clothes steamer
- Contact information from a local mobile dry cleaner
- High-quality hangers
Read related blog : How to Handle Laundry at Airbnb?
Recommended Leisure Activities
As much as your guests are traveling for business, there is a possibility that they will engage in leisure activities as well. For every ten business travelers, six will use the opportunity to explore a new area and visit exciting places when they are not working. So ensure that you recommend leisure activities they can enjoy while staying in your space. This includes the spa, museum, art gallery, national park, lake, etc.
Also, there is a high chance that business travelers will not be cooking as much. Make their life easier by recommending places where they can order food and have it delivered. Ensure you are recommending nice places you have already tried or a friend has assured you of.
💡 Examples of recreation activities are walking, swimming, meditation, reading, playing games and dancing.
One thing about business travelers is that they have a dynamic schedule that can change from time to time. Sometimes a change in plans will necessitate the need to cancel their stay at your place. So try and be flexible to accommodate such travel arrangements. For instance, have moderate or flexible cancellation policies that will not frustrate the guest too much.
If you are targeting an Airbnb traveler on business, you will have to up your game and provide great businesses. That includes hiring an Airbnb cleaner for enhanced cleaning. When you provide the amenities mentioned above, it will not be hard to target business travelers.
💡 A cancellation policy will hold your customers accountable if they do need to cancel their reservation.
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