Book Project

Help us publish the first book about community homestays in different countries and how they have emerged as the new trend in tourism.

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This book presents community homestay as the emerging trend of tourism in different countries. Using pictorial essays, the ways in which communities rise above socio-economic issues through tourism are conveyed.

Community homestay tourism promotes the other side of tourism by focusing on opportunities rather than social issues. The locals offer their homes as tourist accommodations and design visitor programs based on what their community has, rather than what it lacks. They organise livelihood trainings, manage their natural and built (though scarce) resources, and consistently expand their tourism networks.

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Contents

I.  Introduction: Is the glass half full?

II. From Housing Provision to Social Tourism: Promoting bayanihan in the Philippines

III. Living with the Tsunami Survivors: Sustaining village life in the Andaman Seas, Thailand

IV. From Tour Guide to Jungle Boss: Becoming a homestay host in Phang Nha, Vietnam 

V. Friends with the Wild: Towards sustainable tourism development in Kenya 

VI. Home of the Ancient Temples: Feeling at home with arts and culture in Cambodia 

VII. Happiest Place on Earth: Living with the locals on the hills and valleys of Bhutan

VIII. After the Quake: Experiencing local lifestyle and reviving mountain treks in Nepal

IX. The More the Merrier: Boosting homestay programmes in Malaysia

X. Epilogue: To marvel at the ordinary

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Call for essays

We want to include your community on the first Community Hometays book project.  Send us 2 fantastic essays about your community that will capture the hearts of our adventurous travellers: one will be written by yourself, and another one written by your previous homestay tour guest/participant.

This book will then become your community’s business card to the world. Check this link for further information on how you can join us in this global collaborative book project! 

Deadline of submission: 14 January 2016

Your expression of interest

We will launch this project on Kickstarter crowndfunding platform as soon as we get enough expressions of interest. Please send us a quick message even just to say “Yes I am interested to pledge.”

We will then include you on our database and invite you on our formal launch.

Submit your expression of interest by sending us a message via our contact form.

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Your Rewards

Pledge AU$5

You’ll get (1) a Thank You postcard, (2) a shout out on our Facebook page, (3) a Thank You on our digital copy.

Pledge AU$10

You’ll get (1) a Thank You postcard, (2) a shout out on our Facebook page, (3) a Thank You on our digital copy.

And (4) you’ll be able to download a copy when it’s finished.

Pledge AU$25

You’ll get (1) a Thank You postcard, (2) a shout out on our Facebook page, (3) a Thank You on our digital copy;

(4) You’ll be able to download a copy when it’s finished.

(5) You’ll receive a hard copy on you mail (just add postage)

Pledge AU$50 

You’ll get (1) a Thank You postcard, (2) a shout out on our Facebook page, (3) your name added on the Thank You page of our digital copy,

(4) You’ll be able to download a copy when it’s finished.

(5) You’ll get a copy of the book by post (just add postage)

(6) Your business logo and contact details will be added to our Sponsor’s page on the hard copy and digital copy