Surf the Homestay World in a Fortnight | FN 2 December 2014

by Mugalavai Ngosiane on December 31, 2014

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Are you interested in homestays but you just don’t have the time to surf the web in search of related news bites, then tune in to this feed for biweekly news on homestays around the world, host family tips, guest management guidelines and random tidbits that might pique your interest.

As December comes to an end, let’s see the stories that made headlines in the homestay world this month:

Hello Homestay | First Annual Homestay Index from Homestay Booking

Thailand: village homestays open new doors for post-tsunami economy

Homestay: A new tourism boost

Homestays face a bleak tourism season

Excise intensifies raids on homestays in Kochi

Sustainable homestay tourism taking shape

Thailand: village homestays open new doors for post-tsunami economy

Host Family Supports Student, Encourages Confidence

A Host Family to Remember

Host families needed for Rotary exchange student

Host families required

Kenyan Homestays Blog

Hello Homestay | First Annual Homestay Index from Homestay Booking

Our surf news to end the year highlights most of the events that have been happening in the homestay industry this month. We reviewed the homestay index released by Homestay Booking which documents the growth of homestays, the future of this accommodation segment and views from homestay guests and host families. Should you want to sink your teeth into the main dish though, read on for the highlighted link.

International News

Homestay: A new tourism boost

We head to Phillipines and learn about their efforts to develop Negros Occidental to become the model for homestays in the country. A select number of homestays were showcased during the 1st Homestays of the World Summit held between 3rd and 5th December in Talisay City. Follow the link for more of that or check out the Surf the Homestay World in a Fortnight | FN I December 2014.

Homestays face a bleak tourism season

The homestay tourism season in Kerala, India has been hit hard by a complex number of issues ranging from the governments new liquor policy to avian influenza. Business has dropped by approximately 30 per cent as compared to the same period in the previous year; this is according to the Kerala Homestays and Tourism Society, a consortium of homestay providers.

Excise intensifies raids on homestays in Kochi

Still in India, we have more details on the new liquor policy as excise officials are said to have intensified raids on homestays based in Mattancherry and Fort Kochi so as to keep a tight rein on beer and wine sales to tourists.

Homestays Abroad

Sustainable homestay tourism taking shape

In Vietnam, ethnic groups in mountainous areas are reaping the benefits of sustainable tourism by offering homestays. Guests have an opportunity to experience the local’s way of life which includes food, drinks and to take part in daily activities like cooking, shopping and farming. The tremendous potential of homestays is hampered by the fact that some homestays have expanded their facilities into something which resembles guest houses.

Thailand: village homestays open new doors for post-tsunami economy

We cross the South China Sea and head to Ban Talae Nok “faraway village of the sea” in Thailand and meet up with villagers who have worked hard at settling up again 10 years after the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean. The villagers have set up an ecotourism business which is providing a viable source of income and has opened up new experiences to travellers.

Fodder for Host Families

Host Family Supports Student, Encourages Confidence

Start our host family fodder with news of how the support of a Tennessee family assisted a German exchange student who took part in the Ayusa exchange program. The Hamiltons were selected as the “Host Family of the Month” due to the help they offered to their guest in every way.

 A Host Family to Remember

Next up we read about the fond memories of a recipient of a scholarship exchange with Yes Programs. This guest stayed with the Distlekamp family and goes about listing the awesome qualities of her adopted family. Need we say more on why homestays create endearing and lasting relationships.

Host families needed for Rotary exchange student

Further along, the Oshkosh (Downtown) Rotary Club is searching for host families for a Japanese exchange student who is attending Oshkosh North High School. The student enjoys travel, new foods, reading and aspires to become an engineer.

Host families required

Lastly, the Port Adelaide Football Club is inviting expressions of interest from potential hosts to take in their players for up to 2 years from late January 2015. Host families should ideally live close to Alberton training base and have an interest in nurturing and developing players.

 And thus we take our final bow for the year 2014 and get ready to welcome 2015. Three cheers to lots of blogs, tweets, photos and more posts on homestays, host families and guests from all over the world.

Happy New Year to you all!

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