Airbnb Turning Women into Breadwinners

For this year’s International Women’s Day, Airbnb is celebrating the women hosts who found greater financial, professional and social empowerment through hosting on Airbnb’s platform.

Airbnb also announces that last year, the women hosts in Malaysia earned a total of US$27 million (RM106million) as the number of women hosts grew by 55% to 8,320. Currently, 46% of Malaysian hosts are women and the typical income for women hosts reached up to US$1,360 (RM5,320).

While women in the United States have made the most on Airbnb, accounting for almost $3 billion of income in 2017, countries around the world are experiencing the rapid growth of women hosts:

  • New Zealand – 70%
  • South Africa – 63%
  • Great Britain – 62%
  • Vietnam – 53%

However, the opportunities of the Airbnb platform go beyond home hosting. The expansion of Airbnb Experiences in the past year has enabled more women to become entrepreneurs by sharing their skills, neighbourhoods, and cultures with guests from around the world. Women make up 50% of all Experience hosts on our platform and in markets such as Santa Barbara, California, women make up 65% of all hosts. Additionally, many women host Social Impact Experiences benefiting non-profit organisations that empower women.


Vy, an Airbnb female Experience host who started her own non-profit in Harlem: the Mama Foundation for the Arts. It is a cultural space with a mission to present, preserve, and promote the history and fundamentals of gospel, jazz, and R&B music for current and future generations.


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