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Eric Lewis is an executive managing director at global commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.

During the past decade, the sharing economy has changed how consumers pick a place to lay their heads. Put bluntly, it has caused some disruption in the hotel industry.

Airbnb and its ilk are snapping up market share previously reserved for global hotel chains, and the proof is in the numbers: as of November 2017, Airbnb was worth an estimated $31 billion, trailing only behind hotelier Marriott International. (By way of comparison, Hilton Worldwide’s market cap is an estimated $27.4 billion, while Intercontinental Hotel Group’s is approximately $12.2 billion.) According to a 2017 study by Morgan Stanley, anywhere from 46% to 42% of Airbnb guests switched to the company’s homestay offerings from traditional hotel accommodations, and Airbnb itself suggests that at least 15 percent of its current bookings are business travelers. Concur, one of the world’s leading travel platforms used by more than 70% of Fortune 500 companies, plans to display Airbnb’s listings on its search and bookings tool.

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