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Conference: 6th Asian Rural Tourism Festival

Homestay Congress 2020


Kakarbhitta, Jhapa, Nepal

Date & Time

09 February 2020 to 12 February 2020


Anu Kumari Lama



ICIMOD’s Kangchenjunga Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KLCDI) has been promoting homestay development in the KL through various long- and short-term ecotourism development initiatives within its partner countries: Bhutan, India, and Nepal. The Asian Rural Tourism Festival is one such important event that KLCDI has been supporting to promote sustainable ecotourism.

Against this background, KLCDI – in partnership with the Government of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board, and Green Generation – will be organizing the Homestay Congress 2020 on 9–12 February 2020, as a part of the 6th Asian Rural Tourism Festival from 9 to 13 February 2020. Homestay Congress will be the flagship event aimed at regional homestay development in the KL.

  • Promote knowledge and experience sharing among homestay operators in the KL
  • Identify pathways for scaling up homestays through panel discussions
  • Increase the outreach and publicity, and documentation of homestays and festivals through knowledge products, social media, and research
  • Study the economics of homestays and festivals
Expected outcomes
  • Initiation of multi-stakeholder dialogue to explore and understand the scope of establishing an umbrella organization of homestay operators
  • Informed understanding in regards to potential of and regional pathways for homestay development in the KL
  • Enhanced understanding of partnership landscape for regional homestay development
  • Documentation of the economics of homestays and festivals and improved outreach and publicity for future planning

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