Homestays are a community based tourism model that allow visitors the opportunity to experience the daily life of their host family and interact with the lived experience of local communities. This often includes community led tourist activities that offer an authentic insight into local knowledge, culture and customs. We believe homestays can have an impact beyond the sum of their parts – laying the foundations for an ecosystem of small community based businesses, building community resilience and providing a direct link between the health of the ocean and the people who rely on and want to visit it.
“In small-scale fishing communities, homestays have proven to be an inclusive and rewarding community initiative that provides reliable income for families that are amongst some of the most vulnerable to our changing climate, public health emergencies and depleted fish stocks. Homestays can act as a catalyst to diversifying local livelihoods, building new opportunities and developing sustained community led marine protection.”
Ryan Lewis – Seagrass Conservation and Livelihoods Project Manager, Blue Ventures
First inspired by a set of exchange visits over 2017 and 2018 between community representatives from Raja Ampat (Indonesia), Atauro Island (Timor-Leste) and Tun Mustapha Park (Malaysia) and funded by WWF, Blue Ventures has co-created a homestay and community based tourism toolkit jointly authored by Seventy Three, Blue Ventures, Yayasan Barunastra and WWF Malaysia.
This toolkit sets out a number of key strategic considerations that local communities, and their partners in government and civil society, might wish to take into account when deciding whether and how to develop a community based tourism venture.
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Learn more about the exchange visits across South East Asia in this short video: