Airbnb was inspired by various actual bed and breakfast spots across the globe; it is right there in the name of the company. It then makes sense that the room-sharing company would finally collaborate with the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP) and ThinkReservations, a leading B&B reservation management system, to make it easier for owners of B&B to offer their rooms up on Airbnb itself.
The partnership between the entities will allow bed and breakfast operators utilise ThinkReservations in order to advertise their rooms on Airbnb and receive bookings and guest information from the site of Airbnb directly into the ThinkReservations calendaring system.
In a statement, Airbnb’s Cameron Houser stated: “We’ve seen how these small, independent businesses can deliver the kind of experiences Airbnb guests expect and deserve. We’re dedicated to giving guests unique, local experiences and excited to continue our work with small business owners who share our commitment to creating a world where anyone can belong anywhere. Airbnb is thrilled to have AIHP as the industry’s leading inn-keeping association as a partner, and we look forward to continuing to work with them.”
The steps to connect Airbnb accounts and ThinkReservations is pretty simple — it is no trickier than signing in on Facebook, for example. B&B operators simply input their Airbnb credentials onto the website of ThinkReservations, generate listings there, and then confirm the listings in Airbnb. All the important information will be shared across both systems. Ultimately, making use of Airbnb to manage actual B&Bs makes a lot of sense for all the people involved.