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Expatpreneur eAwards 2020: How Stephanie Chai Has Changed The Travel Villas Game

“It certainly hasn’t been easy being in the travel industry and with Covid-19 making its mark this year,” shares Stephanie.

She holds a Malaysian passport, is a permanent resident of New Zealand yet has called Singapore home “off and on” since 2012. “But, as with all challenges, one just has to keep looking upwards.”

Her original vision for The Luxe Nomad was to become the leading travel brand for private luxury villas. And since launching the first-of-its-kind platform in 2012, she has manifested this goal into existence – users can book villas on the beautiful beaches of Bali, situated on a gorgeous mountain range in Niseko, Japan, and many scenic spots in between.

It’s not Stephanie’s first business, though. That title goes to Wedding Guide Asia, a blog she started in Malaysia as a listing-type business model. “Although I wasn’t very interested in weddings, I thought it was a good opportunity,” she says. “For two years, I handled sales, finance, was editor of the blog, oversaw tech, learned to hire – all skills that are important no matter how small or big a business is.”

About The Finder Expatpreneur Awards
In 2017, The Finder debuted its first-ever Expatpreneur Awards to honour foreign-born entrepreneurs running successful expat-owned businesses in or from Singapore. In 2019, 22 expats were awarded for their tremendous dedication. This 2020, a new batch of 19 winners has been unveiled! All of them have one thing in common: Their brands help people “live well in Singapore” – The Finder’s core mission.

By Jashleen Kaur, The Finder Issue 303

Like this? Read about more ways to Live Well in SG, and read our digital magazine here.

More on The Finder:

Meet The Winners And MORE! All About The Finder’s Expatpreneur eAwards 2020
Who Won The Finder’s Expatpreneur Awards 2019? Find Out Here!
About The Finder’s Expatpreneur Awards 2018
Expatpreneur Awards 2017: Meet The Succesful Expats And Expat-Friendly Businesses In Singapore

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