After a 16-year break, Malaysia is once again the host of SEA Games which are currently being held till Aug 30 in Kuala Lumpur.
Airbnb anticipates more than 2000 guest arrivals in the Bukit Jalil area surrounding the stadium for the duration of event.
Over 60% of all guest arrivals into KL during this period are domestic travelers with group bookings.
During major events like the SEA Games, home sharing also helps to ensure that their economic benefit can be felt by local residents outside of traditional tourist areas.
We know that Airbnb guests tend to spend time exploring neighbourhoods close to them, giving local businesses in such areas to thrive especially during a major event and school holidays.
“The Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) is a fantastic opportunity to come together, celebrate and support incredible athletes from around Southeast Asia.
"Coming together of different nationalities around the region is perfectly in tune with our mission at Airbnb, which is designed to break down barriers between people of different backgrounds, foster cultural exchange and understanding, and help people belong anywhere."Airbnb Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan country manager Robin Kwok
Airbnb was also the official Alternative Accommodation Partner for the Rio Olympics 2016.