Airbnb women hosts earned RM159mil in 2018

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2017 shows the logo of online lodging service Airbnb displayed on a computer screen in Paris. Airbnb raised more than a billion dollars in a fresh funding round that valued the home-sharing startup at $31 billion, a source close to the company told AFP on March 9, 2017. Airbnb added $448 million to the $555 million in funding it took in last year, according to a filing Thursday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURE

KUALA LUMPUR: Women hosts on Airbnb nationwide earned a combined RM159 million in 2018, an increase of 50% compared with 2017.

Airbnb head of public policy for South-East Asia Mich Goh said the women hosts on Airbnb, who made up almost 50% of all hosts in the country, earned a typical annual income of RM5,793.94.

The Malaysian female Airbnb hosts welcomed over 912,000 guests in 2018, she said at a panel discussion entitled “Powered by Women: The Growth of Malaysia Digital Tourism”, here yesterday.

Goh said the highest percentage of female Airbnb hosts among home hosts were in Johor Bahru at 50.96%, followed by Melaka (49.72%), Penang (49.61%), Kuala Lumpur (48.07%), and Terengganu (44.31%).

However, she declined to reveal the number of Airbnb hosts in the country.

She said technological advancement has opened up multiple opportunities for female hospitality entrepreneurs who were passionate about driving a creative and meaningful tourism industry.

The opportunities offered by the Airbnb platform now go beyond home hosting to “Airbnb Experience” -- a distinctive, one-of-a-kind activity that are hand-crafted and led by local experts showcasing a unique side of Malaysia, she added.

Goh said in 2018, women around the world made RM49bil, which represented more than half of the global Airbnb community’s earnings.

The panelists at the talks moderated Daphne Iking, which was held in conjunction with the International Women’s Day, included Kakiseni president and WOMEN:girls founder Low Ngai Yuen, Airbnb host and Bike with Elena founder Elena Shim, and Zafigo: For Women Travellers in Asia editor Eliza Thomas. - Bernama

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