The digital nomad-friendly Airbnb listings will be located in key tourism hotspots such as Kuala LumpurJohor BahruPenang and Langkawi.

Meanwhile, Airbnb Asia Pacific director of public policy Steven Liew said the rise of remote work boosted by the pandemic has presented a new way of travelling.

“MDEC’s DE Rantau initiative will help encourage greater digital adoption and professional mobility while driving tourism recovery in the long term. We will continue working hand in hand with the government to ensure that travellers continue to enjoy a variety of unique stays at different price points — be it for a digital nomad travelling solo for a month, or a family enjoying a weekend getaway,” said Liew.

He shared that hosts who want to turn their properties into MDEC-certified listings will have to include high-speed internet, dedicated workspaces, and kitchen and laundry facilities that are ideal for long stays. Besides facilities, Mahadhir added that the vibrancy of the location is also essential for the benefit of the digital nomads.

MDEC currently has about 1,400 nomad-ready hubs and it aims to achieve 2,000 hubs by the end of the year, said Mahadhir.