Provide advice about a home-stay tourism business in Kerela, India

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Whilst we continue to provide Joseph and HREASEDC with information, contacts, and links to organisations who can help with setting up a home-based medical care program, we would like to explore the possibilities of setting up a home-stay tourism business to generate income for the medical program.
Home-stay is an accommodation option where tourists pay a small amount of money and stay with local people to experience their culture and way of life.
The Kottayam district in the southern Indian state of Kerela is a very popular tourism destination for tourists. It has a lot to offer the tourist.
Please help Joseph understand what is involved with setting up such a tourism business. What sort of information does he need to gather to set the business up? Can you provide guidance on whether this is a good idea or not?

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In Task 1 Lotte and Jenny posted some comments and questions to Joseph about tourism in Kerela and Kottayam. Here is Joseph's response:

Hallo Jenny and Lotte,
Thankyou for becoming the well wishers of my homestay programme in order to find out some income to be utilize for our home care service we are very happy that Carolyn has invited to join our village. I wish to clarify your doubts regarding tourism in Kottayam.
1. There are already certain kinds of tourism in Kottayam. This is the details about it.
Kottayam is located at a distance of 76 kilometers from Kochi in Kerala, South India and is one of the most riveting Kerala backwater destinations. Kottayam, an incredibly beautiful tourist attraction with its vistas of green hills, mangrove forests and coconut groves interposed with waterways, offers excellent opportunities for Aqua Tourism.
Enjoy the rural sights, the abundant marine life, boat cruises and angling tours with Tourism in Kerala. Aqua tours to Kottayam in Kerala, South India with Tourism in Kerala gives you an opportunity to explore the rich flora and fauna that is supported by this enchanting water world.
Aqua tours to Kottayam in Kerala, South India with Tourism in Kerala is incomplete without a pleasure trip to the Vembanad Lake. Tourism in Kerala offers you aqua tour packages that take you to the Vembanad Lake where you are free to go canoeing, dingy sailing, catamaran rides and much more. The Vembanad Lake happens to be an important Aqua Tourism destination that entices tourists to its luxury picnic spots by the dozen.
Aqua Tourism in Kottayam in Kerala, India has immense potential as this area lies very close to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary that is home to exotic water birds, a boat cruise at this breathtaking tourist attraction will leave you speechless with wonder and excitement.
2. Almost all the tourist come through Kottayam to visit Kumarakom.
3. Kumarakom is the main tourist attraction here.
4. So also the tourist go to Periyar wild life sanctuary, Periyar lake and Thekkady through Kottayam.
Please looking to the following website for further details.
http://keralatourism.eurokerala.com/homestay.php?val=Homestay
Thanking You
Joseph

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Hi Carolyn and Joseph,

An important issue that will need to be considered for the home-stay business will be clearances from the local law-and-order authorities. All establishments where tenants stay in India will be subjected to varied levels of regulations at the state and local levels. It will be important to have this aspect examined at the local area, as well as the state level.

Vijai

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Dear Jospeh,
Great to hear that there is a trourist atrraction nearby. I did take a look at the link about the home stay and was wondering what kind of experience you want to offer tourists. A luxurious one or do you want them to experience the local live. I think the first option of luxury would be to expensive to realize and there are already some businesses like that. Maybe it;s an option to create one home stay or more at the houses of local people so that tourists can experience the local live. An other option is maybe creating a kind of hostel, it's a relative cheap way to get income. It's an packpackers accomodation. Most of the time tourists would sleep in bunk beds and take a shower or a wash in a common bathroom, so you could house more tourists in a room. If you want to create something like that you would need somekind of building and i don't know if you have a building or that we need to think more on a small scale option and create homestays in local homes? As Vijai suggested it's important to research the costs you need to pay to the government on this kind of projects.
--
Warm regards, Lotte

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Hi everyone!
My name is Philimon Godfrey from Tanzania.I am currently a neighbour at Nabitende village in Uganda but also I am motivated to help here.I would like to share my ideas and experience at this project.Lets do it to save people!

Regards,
Philimon.

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Hi Philimon- thanks so much for joining Vijayapuram! We look forward to reading your posts. There's a lot of work to be done here:)
Best regards, Carolyn

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Hi everyone, I did a bit of Google search on Homestay business in India and found that in Kerela homestay is a very popular option!! That's the good news.
Below are some of the links I looked at.
Joseph- if you could look at one or two of these websites and give us an idea of what type of homestay facility you had in mind? It's time to gather some information about your locality and what is possible (and not possible) to offer tourists

http://www.homestayskerala.com/index.php

http://www.keralavillagehomestay.com/

http://www.homestayscochin.com/

http://www.keralagramam.com/

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Hi Carolyn,
We have planned to start a homestay service for the tourist as a bi-project to find out the funds for our main project medical home care service. First of all we have to consult with an advocate about the legal side of the problem. Secondly we have to find out a partner who is willing to invest the initial capital to rent a building and for other accommodation facilities. If it will be all correct we will be able to provide ordinary as well as luxurious accommodation for the tourist according to their interest.
Thank you for all your efforts relating to our project.

Thanking you
Joseph A M

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Hi Philimon,
Thank you for your idea of helping the villagers. We welcome your ideas and experience relating your work. Our project is Medical Home Care Service. We are searching for the ideas to find out funding for it. You are also welcomed to participating attempt.
Thanking you
Joseph A M

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Hi Lotte,
Sorry for the delay in sending in the reply. I was ill and so the delay occurred. As I have said our group has an idea of arranging home stay facility for the tourist in order to find out the funds for our main project “Medical Home Care Service” under our charitable organization Human Resource Education and Socio Economic Development Centre. It is only and idea and we have to find out the legal problems of starting privet home stays. We have to counsult with an Advocate as Vijay has said. Government sanction is necessary for this. Secondly we have to find out a partner who is willing to invest the working capital for it. We have to rent buildings at important tourist locations. We wish to provide ordinary as well as luxurious accommodation for the tourist according to their interest, on receiving donations in advance for our charitable work through the website. There will be advertisement about this also in the website relating to the human resource education and socio economic development centre. If we can provide these things we can make packages in the important localities connecting tourism. This is only our idea. We do not no whether it will succeed or not. This is only a bi-project to help our main project Medical Home Care Service.

Thanking you
Joseph A M

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Hi Joseph, in your response ot Lotte you mentioned renting. I'm alittle concerend- renting a place to provide accommodation suddenly makes this an expesive idea! I was assuming that you or one of your members had access to- or owned- a place that would be suitable for a home-stay tourist. A lot of those home-stay places on the websites I posted yesterday are owned by the people offering them. This is how one would make money out of this situation. Because if you add the cost of covering rent, plus the cost of accommodating aguest- suddenly it is not a reasonable option for traveller. Are you able to give us an idea of what type of places are still available in Kottayam that might be up for rent? We definitely need to investigate this further.

Carolyn

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Hi Carolyn,
As you have said it is better to have a our own building to provide accommodation to the tourist. But at present there is no such fecility. So we have to find out a suitable building with the help of an Agent. We have to investigate further facilities in the building also. It will take time to investigate a suitable and safe building. Is this the first step towards a home stay service? We will send you further information after detailed investigation.
Thanking you
Joseph A M

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Hello Joseph,
Finding a suitable accomodation site is certainly one of the first things you should be investigating. Without a suitable one- you can't really go much further.
At the same time meeting with local tourism associations will help you understand what are the legal requirements to start up a business like this. Tourism in Kerela is well established so there must be at least 1 if not more local government organisations which can proivde advice. We can alos find them on the internet (maybe).
As you can probably see- this is a long term fund raising plan.

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Hello Joseph,

From the posts above, the following seems to be the big picture :
- your main project is - Medical Home Care Service (say AA)
- you also plan to start - Home Stay tourism (say BB)
- you plan to use the profits from BB to fund the operations of AA

The following issues will need to be addressed :

- managing and operating hotels, guest houses, hostels, lodges, inns, etc is a highly specialized job, and needs specially trained and experienced professionals

- if the area is an existing tourism destination, it implies that there would be enough acomodation already available to cater to all budgets. Under such circumstances, the competition among operators would be severe, and only the well established and professionally managed outfits would remain profitable. Any new entrant without the relevant background and experience in the hotel industry will not be profitable.

- a good test to see if any business can be profitable, is to ask any bank in the region if they can fund this activity. If all banks flatly refuse, it shall imply that this activity is not credit-worthy, and is prone to setbacks. Had there been a good possibility of such a business being profitable, banks would have provided loans for such operations.

- in case banks refuse, and donations are used to operate plan BB, the future of these donations being pumped into this line of business can be easily predicted. This is the major obstacle which will prevent plan BB from becoming profitable. Since plan AA depends for funds on plan BB, the outcome of plan AA due to shortage of funds can also be easily predicted.

Vijai

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Vijay- thanks for setting it out so plain and simply.
I have concerns about the amount of energy that this side project will take. However i think it still would be useful for Joseph to investigate at least your PLan AA ( the bank)- or as I have mentioned below- find a suitable accommodation site and find out how much it costs to rent- and what legalities need to be met.
Carolyn

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Carolyn, you are right about the enormous efforts required. The 'side project' as referred by you is Joseph's plan BB, as mentioned in my post above. (plan AA is Joseph's 'health care plan'). After he has found the suitable site, and worked out the costs, as suggested by you, he will then need to develop a techno-commercial feasibility report and discuss with the banks to see their reaction about the possibility of loans. The response of the banks is important to assess whether the home stay plan (BB - side plan) can be profitable under the existing circumstances. Banks usually have finely-tuned mechanisms to assess such proposals, and their verdict will provide the basis for further actions on funding of plan BB (side plan - home stay). If the banks refuse, and alternate funding through donations is organized, then the donors will be clear from the start that this project (BB - home stay - side plan) may not be profitable, and suitable modifications may be attempted to ensure that profits are generated from plan BB (side plan - home stay) so that these profits can be pumped into plan AA (health care plan), otherwise the plan AA (health care plan) may also suffer.
Vijai

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