How Homestay Can Be a Lucrative Venture if Done Right

How Homestay Can Be a Lucrative Venture if Done Right

In recent years, the homestay industry has seen explosive growth, with more travellers seeking authentic, personalised experiences over traditional hotel stays. This trend presents a golden opportunity for property owners to turn their spaces into profitable ventures. 

However, success in this competitive market requires more than just listing a property online — it demands strategic planning, exceptional service and a deep understanding of guest needs.

The market is set to witness a substantial increase of USD 57.05 billion between 2023 and 2028, driven by the burgeoning tourism industry, the popularity of short-term rental properties, and the advent of user-friendly mobile applications for accessing vacation rentals. (Source: The Malaysian Reserve)


At MyRehat, anyone can transform their property into a lucrative accommodation business with the right guidance and tools. Here are some key insights that can help you stand out in the saturated market of short-term rentals:

  1. Personalise customers’ experience

Personalisation is at the heart of a memorable accommodation experience. Understanding your guests’ preferences, interests and needs can set you apart from the competition. From offering local welcome treats to providing tailored recommendations for activities and dining, small touches make a big difference. 

For instance, MyRehat has found success by providing hosts with ancillary income avenue that allows them to offer additional services for guests such as airport pick-up, food & beverages in their accommodation unit as well as other travel essentials that can make guests feel more comfortable throughout their stay. Guests can easily select the items they need or request services that can complement their trip.

  1. Create a user-friendly booking experience

Simplify the booking process to enhance guest satisfaction. Use intuitive booking platforms that make it easy for guests to find, book and pay for their stay. Ensure your listings are detailed and include high-quality photos, clear descriptions and comprehensive information about the amenities and local attractions. Respond promptly to inquiries and provide excellent customer support to build trust and encourage bookings.

  1. Invest in quality and aesthetic appeal

A well-decorated space can significantly enhance the guest experience. Avoid overspending on décor, but choose high-quality, durable items that add character to your property. Unique themes or concepts can cater to various preferences and occasions, making your property more attractive to a diverse range of guests.

  1. Leverage social media and online reviews

Build a solid online presence through social media platforms and encourage guests to leave reviews. Positive reviews can significantly boost your property’s visibility and credibility. Share photos and stories from happy guests, run promotions and engage with your audience to create a loyal community. Utilising each medium effectively can drive traffic to your listings and increase bookings.

  1. Master problem-solving and conflict resolution

Handling issues promptly and professionally is crucial for maintaining a good reputation. Common problems, such as a malfunctioning air conditioner, should be addressed immediately—whether it’s upgrading the guest to another unit or providing a quick repair solution. Effective communication and a proactive approach can turn a potential negative experience into a positive one.

Engage and Inspire: Your Path to Success

Transitioning into a profitable homestay business is more than just a financial venture; it’s about creating a space where guests feel welcomed and valued. The tips shared above are just the beginning.

To delve deeper into these strategies and learn from industry experts, join us on June 29 2024 for MyRehat’s inaugural Masterclass:

This exclusive event will equip you with detailed strategies and insights to succeed in the homestay industry. Participants will also receive a digital copy of our comprehensive handbook, packed with practical tips and real-life examples.



Imagine transforming your property into a sought-after destination for travellers from around the world. Imagine receiving glowing reviews and repeat bookings, all while enjoying the financial benefits of a successful homestay business. It’s possible, and we are here to guide you every step of the way.

Sign up today at and take the first step towards transforming your property into a thriving business. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best and turn your passion into profits!