Post Registration and Licensing Support System

After registration and licensing of existing Homestays, government support and monitoring will be one of the key aspects to ensure proper functioning of homestay operations.

There will be a support system, to provide professional guidance and overall managerial directions to the homestays The key Support areas by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife will include:-

  • Marketing guidance/support.
  • Technical guidance for continuous improvements.
  • Capacity building;- Department of Tourism in collaboration with tourism training institutions will arrange continuous training programmes for the homestay operators in essential areas including staff proficiency  and Food handling safety and hygiene.

Key Facts of Homestays

Why homestays in Kenya:-

  1. That homestays is an already existing concept and that it was good that ways were being found to regulate its operations as this will help add value to the product
  2. There is need to look into the quality of the homes
  3. This could form an opportunity to uplift the housing standards of the low income groups with an aim of improving their standards of living
  4. That this is an idea whose time has come and the overriding factor was to actualize the trickle down  as the tourism rich areas have the highest level of absolute poverty i.e help deal with inequalities
  5. The communities are bitter about these inequalities and would want to destroy the tourism product but this concept will encourage them to conserve the product as it will directly benefit them
  6. This will assist in product diversification
  7. It will enhance a cultural experience as currently the only contact of the guest is the tour driver
  8. That the ownership of the product should be felt by the local community
  9. That the tourist is currently shifting their expenditure to benefit the local community and this is the best way to ensure this

Brief on Homestays:

KECOBAT has been on a long and tedious process trying to finalize on Homestays Development in Kenya. 

The process has been as follows: 

  1. Defining and categorizing Homestays 
  2. Developing Standards, Operations Guidelines and Accreditation Criteria for Homestays
  3. Developing Accreditation Condition and Mechanism of Classification for Various Homestays in the country
  4. Establishing Legal framework for recognition and licensing by the government
  5. Developing appropriate training modules for Homestays Operators
  6. Developing a Central Reservation System for Homestays
  7. Establishing a Central Reservation System for Homestays
  8. Developing a Marketing Plan for Homestays


The Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT) network was launched in August 2003 as a membership umbrella organization representing the interest of Community Based Tourism (CBT) organizations in Kenya.

It aims to facilitate information sharing; delivering appropriate technical support and advisory services; mediating and lobbying their interests to government and other relevant institutions and thereby integrating community concerns into national tourism.

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