It looks like the hotel industry might be warming up to the home-sharing economy, or at least trying to play nice with it.
Hyatt Hotels is entering into a pilot program with Onefinestay that will let house renters freshen up at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill if they arrive early for their rental, according to a report from travel news site Skift.
British startup Onefinestay, often referred to as the Airbnb for the Rich, lets luxury homeowners rent out their apartments while they’re away. CEO Greg Marsh previously told Business Insider that the typical customer is: “An American family coming from a coastal city in the US to stay in a 3 bedroom house in Notting Hill for 10 days over the summer.”
Should that family arrive early, they will now have a place to refresh or store their bags, thanks to the Hyatt pilot program.
This program isn’t the companies first foray together. Hyatt was an investor in the home-sharing startup’s latest $US40 million round in June, but Marsh told Skift that the partnership has progressed beyond that. Neither Hyatt nor Onefinestay could be reached for comment.
A pilot program that involves one London hotel is not a major move, but it is the first sign of a hotel company being willing to collaborate with the burgeoning home-sharing economy.
A partnership with the hotels industry, which have loyalty programs and name brand recognition, could be a boost to the nascent home-sharing industry, especially as these companies try to encroach on the lucrative corporate travel market.
Airbnb is making a go of wooing business travellers on its own, but it’s still in the beginning steps. It announced yesterday that it had overhauled its business program to make it easier for employers to expense reports and track employee’s rentals, although that won’t solve the problem of getting business users to choose Airbnb over a traditional hotel in the first place.
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