The global trend of experiential travel has seen homestays increasingly embraced, by actors from both the state and non-state spheres. Homestays not only have the potential to bridge the gap of quality accommodation but also provides a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the rich and diverse cultural experience that is local, authentic and sustainable. These increases travel experiences which improves equitable distribution of the tourism benefits to the local communities.

Homestay operators in the Lake Victoria Basin Region and Coastal Region are encouraged to attend consultative workshops organized by Ecotourism Kenya and Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT) in these two regions on the following dates:

  • Mombasa – 23rd November 2018
  • Kisumu – 26th November 2018

The aim of these consultative workshops is to sensitize homestay operators on the new TRA Licensing processes so that we can review the requirements together and give feedback to government. Interested homestay operators whether licenced by the Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA) or planning to get a licence would greatly benefit from this workshop. This is because they will have a forum to share experiences with fellow operators and directly review the requirements of licencing. The operators’ input on the current situation of homestays licensing will help generate feedback that will inform the development of a policy position paper.

The stakeholders from Nairobi Region and its environs gathered yesterday: 20th November 2018, to have similar discussions. In attendance we had County Government Tourism Directorate Representatives, Practicing Homestay Operators, and Homestay Network Officers.

If you are interested to participate in this change making forum, please send an email to Andrew Kwemboi (KECOBAT) on and copy  (Ecotourism Kenya). It shall surely be an honour to have you in attendance.

“Homestay Is a Tourism Product That Has the Capacity to Improve Local Economic Development”

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