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Airbnb London Popular with Business Travellers

A recent report shows London and San Francisco are the two most popular cities for business travel bookings across Airbnb world-wide.

Whilst hotels still account for the majority of bookings, business travellers are increasingly willing to explore alternative accommodation in cities such as London. One reason given is the high cost of good quality hotels particularly in Central London.

At Guest Butler we ensure our apartments qualify to receive business travel bookings. For a listing to achieve ‘Business Travel Ready’ status it must have:

For a listing to achieve ‘Business Travel Ready’ status it must have:

  • 5 Star Reviews
  • Fast Response Times
  • No Cancellations
  • 24hr Check-ins
  • Wifi
  • Laptop Space or Desk
  • Essentials (such as shampoo)

At Guest Butler we manage the whole Airbnb process for you from setting up listings, answering enquiries, welcoming guests to cleaning and providing linens. Our apartments are also all Business Travel Ready.

We currently manage a number of properties in the City of London and surrounding EC postcode area.

To find out more about our Airbnb Management Service please complete the enquiry form here and we’ll be in touch shortly.

 

Big Budget Boost for AirBnB Owners

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a tax break for those renting their apartments on sharing economy platforms like Airbnb.

From April 2017, Airbnb owners will not need to declare the first £1,000 of rental earnings.

In separate news, from April 2016 people who rent their spare room can earn £7,500 per year tax free.

An Airbnb Spokesperson comment: “The UK has set itself as a global leader for the sharing economy and is introducing progressive new rules that empower regular people and promote innovation through technology”.

Peter Kent, The Guest Butler added: “My clients already earn up to 50% more than via long-term lets and these tax breaks make the benefits even greater”.

To find out more about renting your property on Airbnb and our no hassle management services please call Peter today on 07919066516.

Morgan Stanley Join Airbnb Business Travel Program

Morgan Stanley the global financial services giant has become the latest ‘blue-chip’ to sign-up to Airbnb’s Business Travel scheme. The program allows employees to book Airbnb accommodation for work related trips.

Morgan Stanley join the likes of Google, Salesforce & Soundcloud who already include Airbnb in their corporate travel programs.

If you own a property in Central London and would like to earn more rental revenue from it get in touch with Guest Butler today via our contact form here.

 

 

To Instant Book or not to Instant Book

Airbnb have announced improvements to Instant Booking but some owners are naturally cautious
about selecting this option.

So what’s Instant Book about?

Airbnb claim that listings that offer Instant Booking are rewarded with twice as many bookings. It’s easy to see why potential guests prefer Instant Book.

One of the issues with booking accommodation via Airbnb is when owners do not respond to enquiries in a timely fashion. Being able to book straight away allows the guest to get on with booking flights and other services for their trip safe in the knowledge they have somewhere to stay.

What are the risks?

The most commonly cited issue owners have is that they like to be able to preview guests and chat to them before allowing them to book.

If you are renting out your home it’s perfectly reasonable to want to vet who can stay.
However Airbnb does provide tools that enable owners to have some control over who can book their apartment via Instant Book.

Simply by ticking a few boxes you can ensure only the following guests can Instant Book:

  • Those who have verified their offline ID (Passport / Driving Licence)
  • & have been positively reviewed by other Airbnb Hosts

also…

  • You can prevent same day bookings which might be suspect
  • You can decide how far in advance people can book (for example 3, 6 or 12 months in the future)
  • Guest also have to agree to your house-rules. If any guest breaks these rules Airbnb now allows you to cancel the remainder of their stay without penalty.

These tools certainly provide more control over who can stay in your apartment.

At Guest Butler we discuss these options with our clients and only allow Instant Bookings if agreed.
Clients who accept Instant Bookings do see an increase in bookings however our rapid 24/7 response times to enquiries ensures all our clients achieve circa 90% occupancy rates.

If you own a property in Central London and wish to find out more about our Airbnb management services please complete the enquiry form here or call Peter today on 07919066516.

Attract More Business Travellers with Guest Butler

Airbnb Business Traveler ProgramAs part of Guest Butler’s full management service we ensure our clients benefit from all the latest updates and improvements to the Airbnb service.

One of Airbnb’s recent developments is the Business Travel Program which is rapidly signing up global organisations including Google in a direct attempt to grow corporate bookings.

However not all listings are able to benefit from Business Traveller bookings.

In order to qualify to receive corporate guests, property owners need to ensure their apartments meet certain business-friendly standards for example having a laptop friendly workspace.
In addition owners must guarantee 24/7 access, have at least 3 reviews, 5 star ratings and fast response times – this is where Guest Butler’s Airbnb management services comes in.

At Guest Butler we take all the hassle and stress out of renting your apartment in London on Airbnb. All our properties boast 5 star reviews, fast response times and 24/7 check-ins.
Our clients simply sit back and watch the rental money come in.

If you are considering renting your Central London apartment on Airbnb or if you have a listing but want to attract more corporate travellers get in touch with us today. Call Peter on +44 (0) 7919066516