The Jakarta Post
Women make up 44 percent of Indonesian Airbnb hosts. (Shutterstock/AlesiaKan)
Celebrating International Women's Day on Thursday, Airbnb announced that its women hosts in Indonesia had earned up to US$48.8 million in total income throughout 2017.
The number of women, who make up 44 percent of Indonesian hosts and gain an average income of US$2,460, also grew by 37 percent last year to 8,920.
“Last year, we were proud to announce that women made $10 billion on Airbnb since the company was founded in 2008. This year, we are thrilled to share that in the past year alone, women have made almost an additional $10 billion and represent more than half of the Airbnb community," Airbnb public policy head for Southeast Asia, Mich Goh, said in a statement.
Additionally, the company's expansion to Airbnb Experiences is said to have also allowed women to become entrepreneurs by sharing their skills, neighborhoods and cultures.
Making up 50 percent of all Experience hosts on the platform, many of these women host Social Impact Experiences that benefit nonprofit organizations that empower other women. One of them is Gayatri, a marine conservation pioneer who hosts Rebuilding Bali's coral reefs and to protect the island's coral reefs by providing education on sustainable fish breeding, particularly rearing and caring for tropical fish.
"Clearly, women are a driving force of the Airbnb community, and we are proud to provide the end-to-end travel platform for their entrepreneurial spirit to thrive," added Goh. (kes)