The homestay tourism industry has been expanding all over the world. Yet, there has never been an effort to initiate collaboration among the key actors and recipients of this alternative form of tourism. We invite homestay hosts and partners from government, NGOs, academe, professional groups and commercial institutions to participate at the first gathering of hosts and partners of community-based tourist accommodations and cultural tours.
Meet outstanding homestay hosts and cultural tour providers around the world.
Discover and apply sustainable practices of community homestay tourism.
Discuss effective strategies that increase competitiveness and cooperation among community members.
Learn how to increase visitations through online marketing and international networking.
- World HOST 2015
- About World HOST
- Registration and Accommodation
World HOST 2015 brings together for the first time, the global movement in community and homestay networks and initiatives.
Emphasising that tourism markets continually look for interesting new experiences, bespoke itineraries, and immersive activities, this Summit provides the platform for individuals, organised groups, travel and tourism planners and promoters to access locally-nuanced, culturally-engaged, individually-styled travel experiences. The breadth of opportunities is seemingly endless.
At the same time, accessing community and homestay locations provides wonderful support to local enterprises and economic development for communities and to the less accessible regions.
What will World HOST 2015 provide?
Opportunities to meet representatives from community and homestay operators.
Opportunities to present new destinations and those rarely promoted.
Opportunities to share knowledge and ideas.
Presentations by experts in local tourism, culture, service learning and micro-enterprise.
Engagement with an active distribution list of 10,000 (and growing) active providers.
Forums for positive social impact on a global scale.
Who else can be involved in World HOST 2015?
Localised travel service operators.
Travel writers and magazines.
Civil organisations and special interest groups.
Corporate social engagement executives and planners.
Education institutions, students and academics.
State tourist boards.
Local economic development executives.
World HOST 2015 will build on the recently established and growing collaboration with community and homestay in networks around the world.
The Summit looks to achieve the following:
Shared knowledge in design, activities and operations.
Structured initiatives for market development.
Establishment of a common platform for governance.
Ongoing forum to develop the sector.
Ideas to develop local nuance and authentic cultural experiences.
Initiatives to educate traveller markets about “the value of local”.
Feedback mechanisms to actively engage all affiliated industry sectors.
The National Tourism Council Malaysia
The Malaysia Homestay Association
Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Sharkar Bin Haji Samsudin
President, World HOST 2015
President, National Tourism Council, Malaysia
Dato’ Haji Sahariman Bin Hamdan
Director, World HOST 2015
President, Homestay Association of Malaysia
Dr. Rowena “Rowee” Santos Delgado
Chairperson, World HOST 2015
Managing Director, Community Homestay Tourism Network
Positioning World HOST
World HOST will be an organisation that aims to establish a network of providers, organisations, and supporters. The Summit publicly announces the cooperation that exists, and extends the invitation to other interested parties to participate within this forum.
World HOST will be hosted regularly, expanding its reach through discovery of new locations and cooperation with new partners. The annual Summit anticipates being well-positioned in key industry directions:
Community and Homestays in most international regions bring about an international awareness through the internet, social media, and referral and recommendation references. The partners of World HOST will be increasingly present across these platforms.
Local Community and Homestays
Direct engagement with local hosts, World HOST allows supporters to develop close relationships and an ongoing presence with local communities.
World HOST supporters will be associated with the organisers’ program of engagement with local and regional tourism bodies and economic development organisations.
The categories include special interest groups, student placement, retirees, families, corporate social engagement initiatives, volunteer placements, research and study groups and more. World HOST expects to engage across all these sectors.
Participation in World HOST allows supporters to actively engage through:
Schedule of promotions and output to interested and registered participants.
Physical presence at World HOST, display and speaking opportunities.
Knowledge gathering and networking.
Supporting key elements of World HOST.
Hosting key elements of World HOST.
Arranged post-Summit programs.
Value and Values
World HOST is more than just a gathering of global interests; it is about the realisation of other values, tangible and intangible.
Importantly, World HOST promotes an awareness of ethics and responsibility, for positive social outcomes and societal development.
Supporters have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the sector, the breadth of its geographic reach, and the scope of experiences available.
The cost of achieving these objectives would ordinarily run into many thousands of dollars, and over a long period of time.
Value of networks
The existing and growing network of hosts, organisations and services providers provide supporters and partners with an immediate database of affiliates.
Equivalence on commercial levels
Community and homestay hosts provide locally-nuanced experiences that cannot be offered in the traditional tourism development model. The experience becomes personal, offering a deeper immersion in local customs and cultures.
Groups and individuals are increasingly becoming aware of the need to be conscious of social impacts, and a willingness to participate in local projects.
Social gains, locally
Most hosts are social enterprise, community or family hosts, who engage with local providers in food, service and maintenance, as well as local touring and cultural product.
Positive outcomes are realised in the need for hosts and service providers to develop or enhance skills in hospitality, enterprise management, and affiliated needs.
At many locations, successful and ongoing social enterprises provide better outcomes for children, through the ability to access good health and education services.
Enterprises provide scope for youth to gain new skills and employment opportunities.
Social gains, globally
Sharing of knowledge provides hosts with a wealth of resources from the experiences of fellow hosts, enhancing the development opportunities locally, but in ongoing international communications.
Improved status of local communities provides all sectors globally, with positive social outcomes, safer communities, increased awareness and appreciation of cultures, customs, heritage, and people.
World HOST 2015 Program
29 November to 02 December 2015
“Achieving Global Impact Together”
(This program is a draft and subject to change without prior notice.)
Designated Official Hotel: Concorde Hotel
Venue for Exhibition: Serdang, Selangor
Venue for Homestay Tour: Banghuris, Selangor
Venue for Main Sessions: MaTiC, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Venue for Leisure Tour and Ceremony: Fraser’s Hill, Pahang
|26-29 November||Optional Pre-Summit Activity: World Host Exhibition||Venue: Serdang, SelangorExhibition Homestays Products at the Malaysia International Agro-Tourism Exhibition 2015 (MIATE). Please view webpage: www.miateexpo.com|
|28 November||Launching of “1001 Homestay Packages” Tourism Malaysia at 1000AM|
|29 November|Day 1||SUMMIT EXHIBITION, HOMESTAY TOUR AND WELCOME DINNER|
|0800 – 1000||Arrival and registration||Venue: MaTiC, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur|
|1000 – 1200||Visit Homestay Showcase Pavilion to the MIATE 2015||Venue : Serdang, SelangorOpening Remarks:YB Dato Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek |Minister, Ministry of Agriculture Malaysia|
|1200 -1300||Welcome Lunch and Assembly (MIATE)||Departure from MIATE to Banghuris, Selangor at 1300|
|1330 – 1800||Homestay Tour: Banghuris Homestay Tour and Presentations|
|1900 – 2100||Welcome Dinner||Venue: Banghuris Village, SelangorOpening Address:Dato Hj Sahariman Hamdan | President, Malaysia HomestayAssociation; Vice President, National Tourism Council; Director,World HOST 2015YB Dato Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob | Minister, Ministry of Rural and Regional Development|
|2100||Departure to KUALA LUMPUR/Hotel|
|30 November|Day 2||PLENARY SESSION I & WORKSHOP|
|0800||Breakfast at Hotel|
|Plenary Sessions Part 1: “Emerging trends in community-based accommodations and tours”||Venue: MaTiC, Jalan Ampang|
|0900 – 0910||Introduction to Speakers 1, 2 and 3|
|0910 – 0930||Presentation 1||Dato Hj Sahariman Hamdan |President, Malaysia Homestay Association; Vice President, National Tourism Council; Director, World HOST 2015|
|0930 – 1000||Presentation 2||Dr. Rowee Delgado | Founder and Program Director, Community Homestay Global Network; Program Chairperson, World HOST 2015|
|1000 – 1030||Presentation 3||Jaranya Daengnoy | Director, Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I)|
|1030 – 1050||Refreshment Break|
|1050 – 1100||Introduction to Speakers 4, 5 and 6|
|1100 – 1130||Presentation 4||Thomas Graham | Author, “Genius of the Poor”; Founder and Director of MAD-Gawad Kalinga Philippines|
|1130-1200||Presentation 5||Sonam Choden | Director and Co-Founder, Bhutan Homestay|
|1200-1230||Presentation 6||Amy McLoughlan | Responsible Tourism AwardsManager & Associate Specialist, Wild Life Asia|
|1230 – 1330||Lunch Break|
|1330 -1630||Focus Group / SWOT Roundtable Discussions||Facilitator: Dr. Rowee Delgado assisted by all the guest speakers (Delegates have an opportunity to present their respective communities relevant to speakers’ topics)|
|1630 – 1700||Networking Opportunity||Dato’ Ammar Abdul Ghapar | Senior Director at Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board; PhD Candidate (Malaya University|
|1900 – 2100||World HOST Inauguration and Cultural Dinner||Attire: Formal traditional wear or national costumeInaugural Message from the NTC: YB Dato Sri Hj Mohd Sharkar Hj Shamsudin | President National Tourism Council Malaysia; President World HOST 2015 Inaugural Message from the MTCM:Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz | Minister, Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia|
|01 December|Day 3||PLENARY SESSION 2 & FRASER’S HILL CEREMONY|
|Plenary Sessions Part 1: Global recognition and international collaboration||Venue: MaTiC, Jalan Ampang|
|0900 – 0910||Introduction to Speakers 6, 7|
|0910 – 0950||Presentation 7||Dato Mirza Mohamad Taiyab| Director General, Tourism Malaysia|
|0950 – 1030||Presentation 8||Tony Charters | Founding Director, Ecotourism Australia; Convenor: Asia Pacific Global Eco Conference|
|1030 – 1100||Refreshment Break|
|1100 – 1110||Introduction to Speakers 8 and 9|
|1110 -1140||Presentation 9||Dr. Violeta Schubert | University Coordinator, International Internships Program; Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne|
|1140 – 1230||Presentation 10||Lindy Joubert | Director, UNESCO Conservatory of Arts Education;Vice President, World Craft Council; Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne|
|1230 – 1330||Lunch Break|
|1330 –1630||Pack-up and Assembly at Concorde Hotel Lobby||Depart to Fraser’s Hill Tour at 1400Travel to Fraser’s Hill Resort|
|1630 – 2000||Check-in and leisure time at the Fraser’s Hill Resort|
|2000 – 2200||Declaration & Closing Ceremony||Venue : Fraser’s Hill, Pahang Closing Remarks:YB Dato Sri Hj Mohd Sharkar Hj Shamsudin |President, Malaysia Tourism Council; President, World HOST 2015Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz | Minister, MalaysiaMinistry of Tourism and Culture Declaration and Acknowledgements:
YAB Dato’ Seri Haji Najib Razak | Prime Minister of Malaysia
|02 December|Day 4||SUMMIT END|
|0900 – Onwards||Breakfast@ HotelDeparture from Fraser’s Hill to MATIC, Kuala Lumpur.|
Malaysia is widely recognised as the country with the fastest growth of homestay development. It undoubtedly attracts tourists from different places and thus portrays a melting pot of cultures. While it has become the ultimate tourist destination, yet, communities were able to conserve its social and cultural heritage. Their experience, practices and challenges are worth sharing. Thus, it is the ideal place to hold the first (and the only) gathering of community homestay hosts and partners.
ABOUT KUALA LUMPUR
Over the years, Malaysia has risen to become one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations due to its appealing blend of seaside shanties and gleaming high rises as well as plenty of outskirt-attractions.
As the capital state, Kuala Lumpur is home to magnificent feats of architecture such as the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and Menara KL Tower, the ever-bustling Petaling Street, and remnants of Moorish-style buildings. Kuala Lumpur’s best tours allow you to sit back, relax and marvel at the sights and sounds of the city centre and beyond, ranging from the tranquil Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary and the limestone caverns of Batu Caves to an all-inclusive trip to the historic city of Malacca.
ABOUT MALAYSIA TOURISM CENTRE (MTC)
The restored Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC or MTC) building is endowed with a rich and colourful past. This English Cottage style building was built during the 1930s to serve as the residence of a wealthy Chinese tycoon named Eu Tong Sen. He was an influential businessman in Malaya who served as a vice-president of the Anti-Opium Society and a member of the Kinta Sanitary Board (Perak State). After his death in 1941, this building housed the war office of the British Army. It then became the headquarters for the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. After the defeat of Japan in 1945, during the same year, the new government of the then Federation of Malaya took ownership of this building. It hosted the country’s first Parliament session on 11th September 1959 and continued until 1963 after the construction of a new Parliament building was completed. In 1989, this building became the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) to serve as a one-stop tourist information centre.
ABOUT FRASER’S HILL, PAHANG
Fraser’s Hill is a highland resort destination nestled among the mountains of Pahang, located about two hours away from Kuala Lumpur. Locally known as Bukit Fraser, this cooling holiday retreat is popular for its nature activities and cooling climate, attracting not just locals escaping the city heat, but visitors from Singapore and other international locations. It is also one of the last hill stations of Malaysia, an imprint left behind by former British colonial masters. Fraser’s Hill has its roots in the 1890s, when the tin ore trade was bustling. After a failed gold mining venture in Australia, Scottish prospector Louis James Fraser arrived to explore the remote Titiwangsa mountains of Pahang.
Fraser’s Hill can be found in the central region of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang. It lies about two hours north of Kuala Lumpur and 400km away from Singapore in the south. Bukit Fraser has an average altitude of 1,200 meters high but its highest point rises at 1,500 meters at the Telekoms loop. Meanwhile, the base of the Gap road is about 800 meters in height. This nature resort destination is one of several highland tourist resorts located along the vast Titiwangsa Mountain range, which is covered with lush rainforests and green valleys. The entirety of Fraser’s Hill is a protected nature reserve and gazetted wildlife sanctuary.
World HOST 2015
(Note: The following line-up of speakers are subject to change pending official confirmation.)
Founding Director, Ecotourism Australia
Principal, Tony Charters and Associates
Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute CBT-I
Founding Director, UNESCO Observatory
Senior Lecturer, The University of Melbourne Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning
Vice President, World Craft Council Asia Pacific Region, South Pacific
Responsible Tourism Awards Manager & Associate Specialist, Wild Asia
PATA Gold Awards Judge for CSR, PATA Travel Mart, Cambodia
Author of The Genius of the Poor
Founder, MAD (Make A Difference) Travel, Philippines
Founder and Director
Bhutan Homestay, Bhutan
Dato Mirza Mohamad Taiyab
Director General, Tourism Malaysia
Dr. Violeta Schubert
Senior Coordinator, International Internship Program;
Lecturer, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Dr Rowee Delgado
Program Chairperson, World HOST 2015
Inclusive of costs for sessions, accommodations, meal and tours
For the World HOST Forums (28 November to 02 December)
Option A: US$375
– for twin share room accommodation at the Concorde Hotel
Option B: US$575
– for single private room accommodation at the Concorde Hotel
For the World HOST Exhibition (26 to 29 November)
Option C: US$2500
– for use of 3m x 3m exhibition stall (includes twin share room accommodation for upto 4 people at the Concorde Hotel
About our designated official hotel
The Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur is an international 4-star business hotel in Kuala Lumpur. An hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur is located in the golden triangle of Kuala Lumpur, amidst the bustling business district and major tourist attractions. It is a 10-minute drive from Putra World Trade Centre. Within walking distance is the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC), Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Kuala Lumpur Tower.
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The Summit engages industries that directly participate in tourism and travel, and those enterprises that serve the sector.
This may include travel and tourism organisations, homestay and community tourism providers, as well as the hospitality, culture, arts, business and educational institutions, and those who undertake tourism for responsible social engagement.
The Summit will look at the operations of community homestays, learning experiences and immersion activities, as well as market and target demographics for tourism.
Opportunities for expansion, collaboration and partnerships will be facilitated through active workshops and round-table forums.
The theme for The Summit will be “Achieving Global Impact Together”.
We are grateful for your consideration in supporting World HOST 2015, and the possibility to become actively involved through sponsorship and other support mechanisms.
Recognition across all World HOST 2015 platforms
Primary placement on collateral and media releases
Directly supporting the participation of upto 8 community homestay operators to attend World HOST 2015
Acknowledgement in targeted media release
Continuing, direct engagement with Community Homestay networks
Recognition across all World HOST 2015 platforms
Secondary placement on collateral
Directly supporting the participation of upto 6 community homestay operators to attend World HOST 2015
Acknowledgement in targeted media release
Continuing communication engagement with Community Homestay
Directly supporting the participation of upto 4 community homestay operators to attend World HOST 2015
Acknowledgement in targeted media release
Facilitated engagement with sponsored community
Recognition on World HOST 2015 program booklet and selected collateral
Download: World HOST 2015 Sponsorship Letter