Tourism is the world’s largest and fastest growing industry. With travel trends becoming more about experiential holidays as opposed to simply site-seeing or game watching, Uganda stands a good chance of reaping from the enthusiastic travelers seeking to touch and enjoy the warmth of Ugandan hospitality.
Homestay is a form of tourism that allows a tourist to immerse themselves into Uganda’s undisputed hospitality, languages, cultures, lifestyles, tasty cuisines, going-out, family events such as Kwanjula, Kuhingira, etc. Hosting a homestay participant also allows the local family to earn income. It is therefore a win-win! Please note that to minimize difficulties, most homestay arrangements involve a contract or written agreement between the host family and the tourist. A contract typically outlines what is expected of the tourist and the host family and may include items such as: Chores to perform (e.g., cleaning, laundering), curfews, Use of the Internet, television, and/or telephone, Smoking/drinking/drugs rules, etc. Agreements may also give the details of what is being provided by the host in form of accommodation, furniture/facilities, meals, transportation, entertainment, etc.
Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) hereby calls upon Ugandans that wish to reap from the growing Tourism Industry, to register their homes as ‘homestays’. Upon registering, UTB shall inspect homes to either license them as official homestays or not. UTB shall license homes based on ten broad criteria namely Location, Premises, Living Room, Dining, Kitchen, Hygiene and Sanitation, Guest bedrooms, Guest Bathroom, Water Supply and Safety and Security.
Seeking to register your home as a “homestay”? Download the HOMESTAY-guidelines