The economic vision and strategy of Kenya to add value to our products and services, prioritizes tourism as one of the key sectors and growth drivers in the journey to 2030. As a result, Homestays have been identified to hold a great potential based on the niche products initiative. This is anchored on the fact that homestays serve as an alternative and affordable accommodation for any tourist interested in enjoying the experiential kind of immersion tourism.
On Friday 24th May 2019, about 50 stakeholders from the tourism industry gathered at Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi to discuss 2 progressive documents whose development was informed by the recommendations expressed by stakeholders in 3 regional consultative forums held in November last year. Jointly organized by Ecotourism Kenya and KECOBAT, the workshop was to ensure stakeholders participated in shaping their views and position on the homestays licensing issue. The documents discussed comprised a comprehensive technical report and the policy position paper that shall further be used to influence the relevant government organs like Tourism Regulatory Authority and the County Governments to review the licensing requirements of homestays.
Gracing the occasion was a commendable number of County Government key tourism officials and representatives; a sign of government support and cooperation. The dialogue got even more exciting when Ms. Achie Alai (CEC Tourism Kisumu County) recommended and acknowledged the capability of Homestays in being alternative accommodation that shall be considered as Kisumu City gears towards hosting 10,000 strong delegates for the Africities Summit in November, 2021.
Ecotourism Kenya delights in being part of the team that well thought-out this worthy course to promote homestays as an innovative tourism product and it is our joy to continue promoting sustainable tourism practices through sustainable product diversification and innovation.
Compiled by: The Research and Advocacy Programs Team
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