Homestays Training

Manual in place by KECOBAT

Stipulated conflict of interest

Organizational roles to be clear to avoid conflicts

Validation Process for Homestays

Definition and developing of a criteria of homestays

Accreditation and operations national programme 2010

Nakuru 25th Jan, 2010

Eldoret 28th Jan, 2010

            Kakamega 1st Feb, 2010

            Kisumu 4th Feb, 2010

Nyeri 16th Feb, 2010

Machakos 22 Feb, 2010

Voi 25th Feb, 2010

            Malindi 3rd March, 2010

Breakfast meeting held 16th Dec, 2009

With a presentation from KWS, NKM, CTDLT, and Ministry of Tourism

Held on 6th October 2011 at Bomas of Kenya

National Capacity Building on Homestays, Agro tourism and Culture & Heritage

            Homa Bay







KECOBAT is alive to the fact that most of these homestays establishment do not have the capacity to offer competitive tourism products and services. The need for capacity building has informed KECOBAT’s efforts in developing training manuals for homestays operators, a project that is ongoing and has received overwhelming support from various stakeholders led by Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism.

These trainings will enhance productivity, professionalism and increase employability and income opportunities to the informal and formal workers in tourism industry in the country.


·         To equip homestays operators with relevant knowledge and skills in the operation of homestays

·         To brand and develop a marketing strategy for Homestays;

·         To complete the development of training manuals for homestay practitioners

·         To develop a data base of trained and qualified homestays operators in the country for accreditation, monitoring and evaluation purposes.

·         To establish a collaborative alliance among homestays operators

A.    CBTE Framework and Homestays Development

B.     Marketing

Expected outcome

·         Homestays operators equipped with relevant knowledge and skills in homestays operations

·         An operational manual on homestays training developed

·         A data base on homestays enterprises developed

·         A collaborative alliance of homestays operators established

·         Website developed to market homestays

·         Youth and women involvement

·         Clear homestays structure and listed

·         Portal website for Homestays in Kenya

Inventory Drive for building a date base


Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT) has been involved in the development of Homestays for the last five years in which time it has developed a draft guideline and training manual of the same and shared it with stakeholders including the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism. KECOBAT is in the process dubbed “Identification of Homestays Operators in Kenya” which aims to create a comprehensive data base with aim of having a sector driven Homestays Development.

This project is in line with KECOBAT’s vision of “empowering Kenyan communities to harness greatest possible returns from tourism while conserving the environment” coupled further with the Vision 2030, MDG’s Goals and the UNWTO STEP Mission to use tourism as a vehicle to meet the greatest challenge of our time; POVERTY.

We are, therefore, sending information to the public to have both potential and existing homestays operators send their details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Such information should include: - name of the homestay, its location, contact person, telephone number and email address. Kindly furnish us with information of other stakeholders/operators you might also know to ensure that no one is left out in this process.


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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