Airbnb's Business Travel Trends for 2019

Dubai is one of the world’s most vibrant cities, with a range of nationalities and cultures. As a global business hub, Dubai is a growing destination for foreign investment, with Dubai FDI reporting inflow of foreign capital into the emirate of Dh17.7billion in the first half of 2018.

We’ve seen the number of companies and business travelers using Airbnb for Work grow exponentially. In addition to more and more road warriors turning to Airbnb, we’re seeing the ways they travel, where they go, where they prefer to stay, and what they do when visiting a new city, change in interesting ways.

Here’s a look at business travel trends to be on the lookout for in 2019.

Move over traditional business travel corridors: Latin America, Asia and Africa surge in growth

While main Airbnb business travel hubs like London, Paris, New York, and Sydney remain prominent destinations, we’re seeing the highest growth of trips to locations in regions like Latin America and Africa this year over last.

Some of the fastest-growing locations for business travelers include cities in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, and South Africa, including:

  • Mar Del Plata, Argentina
  • Guarujá, Brazil
  • Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Gwangju, Korea
  • Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Group business trips continue to rise, and groups are traveling to historic and scenic hotspots

The most popular group business travel destinations around the world trend toward cities in Malaysia, Brazil, Philippines, Mexico, and the United States, including:

  • Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Guarujá, Brazil
  • Tagaytay, Philippines
  • Acapulco, Mexico
  • Mammoth Lakes, CA

Some travelers are planners, while others book at the last minute

For all travelers on Airbnb, the average trip is booked more than 35 days in advance. But, business travelers book with less lead time, business trips are being booked on average slightly more than 20 days in advance.

  • Business travelers from cities in Taiwan, the United States, and Germany book the furthest in advance.
  • Business travelers from cities in France, Norway, and Mexico book with the least amount of lead time.
  • Globally, those identifying as male book overall trips on average 32 days in advance, and for business trips they average 19 days in advance.
  • Globally, those identifying as female book overall trips on average 40 days in advance, and for business trips they average 27 days in advance.

Business travelers are soaking up local culture by staying active and eating their way through cities while on business trips

Airbnb Experiences make travel magical again by immersing travelers in local communities around the world by offering unique, one-of-a-kind Experiences that are handcrafted and led by local experts. Walking, biking, boating activities, and food Experiences to fuel back up, are specifically surging for business travelers.

Business travelers originating from the U.S., the UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany book the most Experiences when traveling for work.

When on the road, some of the most-booked Experiences, globally, by business travelers include:

  • Paris’ Best Kept Secrets Tour
  • Lakehouse Jazz & Funk
  • Lisbon’s best flavors
  • Show Me The City! Walking Tour
  • Hike Runyon Canyon with a rescue dog