Community Homestay Global Network provides a centralised platform for communities and visitors to exchange knowledge, resources, networks and experiences.
Our mission is focused on establishing a network of communities who are involved in socially and environmentally responsible tourism in different local settings. In developing community homestays, we increase the demand for community tourism destinations, making it competitive in the global tourism market. The Network’s website takes advantage of the Internet’s ability to organise and connect the fragmented marketplace of community-based accommodations and tourism programs into a searchable database that is easy to use.
CommunityHomestay.org is a social enterprise that provides a marketing platform for communities located on “the other side” of tourism destinations. Tourism destinations are divided in two: the front region and the back region of tourism. The front region is where mainstream tourism activities are located: leisure, relaxation, amusement. The back region is the other side of tourism which often remain unnoticed: social interaction, volunteering, training and immersion in the local’s daily life. As a social enterprise, we promote responsible tourism that creates mutual benefits for hosts and tourists through unique and meaningful experiences.
Our visitors are mostly students, couples, families, professionals and social groups who value social interaction more than the destination. We believe that tourism is good tourism if visitors value both leisure and social contribution at the same time. We seek visitors who desire to learn, help, and care for communities while enjoying unique and meaningful tourist experiences.
Given the potential of community homestay tourism as a means for community development, there could be an average of 50 communities in just 20 countries, which gives a total of 1,000 community-based accommodation providers. By establishing CommunityHomestay.org, the communities will be able to attract upto 1 million booking units per year and generate up to $5M net annual revenue. Proceeds are invested back into communities to sustain and scale up their respective community development programs.