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Airbnb announces that women hosts in India earned over INR 16 million during the pandemic

News Desk, News Nation 360: Airbnb celebrated the journey of exceptional women, including hospitality entrepreneurs, who braved the challenges of the past year to nurture successful enterprises in the travel and tourism sector, including as Airbnb hosts. Data shows that for many first-time hosts around the world, sharing their homes on Airbnb also provided an important safety net from the economic challenges of the pandemic. In India, women hosts on the platform earned collectively over INR 16 million in 2020. In addition, in the period between March 2020 to February 2021 over 27% of all hosts that had signed up to the platform were women. Data also shows that homestays can catalyse broader economic impact within communities. Under this year’s International Women’s Day theme of #ChooseToChallenge. Valsa Nair, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Excise & Civil Aviation, Government of Maharashtra stated in a panel discussion with Mandira Bedi, renowned actor, Malini Agarwal, an acclaimed digital influencer and Founder of MissMalini Media, and Pari Sharma, a host on Airbnb that creating opportunities to expand women entrepreneurship in the tourism sector is a key priority for the Government of Maharashtra. The Ministry for Tourism has already taken innovative steps to interweave entrepreneurship opportunities for women with tourism in various tourist zones in the State. As travellers look for more high-quality local experiences, women hosts, in partnership with Airbnb, can unlock the economic potential of sustainable, affordable and community-driven hospitality that drives interest to unique and lesser-known locations as well as quality tourism to well-established tourism hubs. Actor Mandira Bedi expressed that she is amazed to hear about women who are working hard, challenging norms, and gaining financial independence to become successful entrepreneurs supporting themselves and their families, against all odds. Their journeys have inspired me profoundly.  The theme of ‘Choose to Challenge’ resonates very strongly with her in every sphere of life, and she believes women should choose to challenge every boundary and every obstacle that comes their way, which says they ‘can’t’ do something. Amanpreet Singh Bajaj, General Manager - Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan stated that the Airbnb community has always been powered by women, and that’s still true today. Women hosts play an immensely significant role in the travel and tourism sector across the world and in India, and indeed, are driving the future of travel. More women than men are Airbnb hosts globally, and they are committed to increasing the share of India hosts that are women each year. In addition, their community partnerships are aimed at economically empowering and creating opportunities for women across India.

Report : Anustup Kundu