The Big Earners Of Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, March 29: Airbnb has revealed that hosting is providing women with a significant financial opportunity amidst rising costs of living, as Malaysian women Hosts collectively earned over RM176 million in 2022. 
Women are a cornerstone in Airbnb’s Host community, and comprise 55 per cent of all Hosts globally.
They also comprise 40 percent of Airbnb’s one million Superhosts, who are top-rated experienced Hosts who provide guests with outstanding hospitality in more than 200 countries and territories.
Women Hosts earned more than USD 16 billion on the platform in 2022, nearly 10 per cent more than male Hosts.
As costs of living continue to rise, women are turning to welcoming travelers in their homes to earn supplemental income, and sharing their hospitality and culture with others. In celebration of International Women’s Day this month, three inspiring women Airbnb Hosts – Sally Hisham, Marina Mazlan, and Jian Lin share how they are making their mark in the hospitality industry, and inspiring fellow women to pursue their passions. 

A dreamy seaside sanctuary in Kuala Dungun

Sally Hisham.

For 46-year-old, Sally Hisham, who co-hosts Tamu Beradu Private Villa in Terengganu with her family, hosting taps into her passion for hospitality and helps generate passive income.
“As we had a vacant holiday villa nestled along the beachfront, we wanted to share our beautiful home with travelers and let them experience living like a local.
“Hosting has also provided us with income and the opportunity to connect with travelers around the world.”
Sally believes in creating a unique stay that enables guests to experience travel in a more authentic, connected way,
“Our goal is to provide a truly authentic and memorable experience for our guests.
“When conceptualizing the design of our stay, we incorporated design elements of a traditional Terengganu home to offer our guests a taste of local culture.”

A Kampung-life retreat in Langkawi

Marina Mazlan

Marina Mazlan, 50, moved to Langkawi and began hosting Damai Bayu – A Cozy Langkawi Farmer’s Cottage, a traditional Malay cottage that she and her husband built from scratch as their retirement home.
“We started with a small budget and built two cottages from scratch for the family.
“As our children left the nest, we started renting out the extra rooms in the house on Airbnb, which eventually grew into a home-sharing business comprising six cottages after 10 years.”
“Always welcome guests with open arms and ensure that they have an unforgettable experience at your place by introducing them to local places to eat, or even bringing them for a visit to your herb and fruit garden.”

A breathtaking villa tucked away in the lush green hills of Kuala Kubu Bharu

Jian Lin

Jian Lin, a medical sales representative who hosts her family’s retreat home, Hillside Batu Retreat in Selangor discovered Airbnb during her travels overseas and was amazed at how hosted travel creates a truly unique experience for guests.
“My family loved our experience with Airbnb in Japan, and I felt that it would be a great idea to bring the concept of hosted travel back to my homeland, Malaysia.
“I was inspired by the compelling architecture and interior design of stays around the world to redesign my family home into an Airbnb retreat with an open space concept.”
“The rule of thumb of being a great Host is to treat guests as if they were your friends.
“Add a personal touch to your space to elevate their travel experience!”

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