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The emerging importance of “homestays” in the Indian hospitality sector

Sandeep Kulshreshtha (Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Gwalior, India)
Ruchika Kulshrestha (Amity School of Hospitality, Amity University, Gurgaon, India)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 12 August 2019

Issue publication date: 12 August 2019




The purpose of this paper is to analyse the potential of “homestays” and also observe the trends related to this emerging concept in India. This paper also discusses various challenges faced by the owners of homestays.


This paper is based on an exploratory study that sought to collect factual data about the present scenario and the emerging trends related to homestays. A qualitative case study method was used to analyse the actual practices followed by stakeholders. This paper expresses the viewpoint of the authors on the augmented demand for homestay supported by secondary data published in several academic papers and reports published by various government departments. The author interviewed a number of homestay owners to obtain a first-hand perspective.


This paper brings to light the rising trend toward homestays, the benefits of homestay tourism from the perspective of homestay stakeholders (both tourists and owners) and the impact on economic, social and cultural life, as a result of growth in the homestay concept.


The current level of discussion about homestays is limited, as there are relatively few prior studies reported in the literature.



Kulshreshtha, S. and Kulshrestha, R. (2019), "The emerging importance of “homestays” in the Indian hospitality sector", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 458-466.



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