Airbnb is to allow hotels and other accommodation providers to list on the site for the first time through an official third-party distribution network. SiteMinder will be the first platform to act as a channel manager on a global scale so that its portfolio of properties can be featured alongside existing properties form Airbnb hosts. The deal is not exclusive, with SiteMinder the first of a number of distribution platforms expected to be given connection rights to Airbnb over time. The connection will be available from March 2018 but SiteMinder has been working with a select number of hotels in different markets around the world to test the service. Hotels and B&Bs have listed on Airbnb in the past but have done so independently and not through a third-party distribution service. Get the full story at Travel Weekly and Airbnb