Airbnb cashes in on Malaysia’s popularity as a tourist destination

 Wednesday, April 25, 2018 


AirbnbAirbnb said that its Malaysian hosts welcomed over 1.5 million guests last year, representing a 137% year-on-year growth in guest arrivals, marking the highest growth rate among the company’s Southeast Asia markets.

Kuala Lumpur saw 510,000 inbound guest arrivals, while Georgetown had 210,000. Johor Bahru and Petaling Jaya had 130,000 and 80,000 inbound guest arrivals, respectively. Currently, there are more than 31,900 Airbnb listings in Malaysia.

Airbnb also launched its Global Office of Healthy Tourism, which is a global initiative to drive local, authentic and sustainable tourism in countries and cities worldwide. It will create a new Tourism Advisory Board which will have travel industry leaders from around the globe.

The Global Office of Healthy Tourism also has the landmark listing of Yoshino Cedar House in Japan among its initiatives that has rejuvenated a rural aging community and generated new jobs, as well as rural regeneration projects in small villages China’s countryside and in Italy.

The Office of Healthy Tourism aims to bring economic benefits of tourism to lesser known and rural areas to welcome more travellers into their communities in a sustainable way.
Last November, Airbnb announced investing US$2 million through 2020 to support and promote innovative and inclusive tourism projects throughout Asia Pacific.


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