SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF HOMESTAYS: A CASE OF TIRTHAN VALLEY IN HIMACHAL PRADESH (INDIA)
The homestay programme has evolved as an instrument for employment generation and economic development of a local community. Economic empowerment is important because it enables the host residents to be rewarded with a significant proportion of the financial benefits from tourism. The study area for the present study is the Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is known as the gateway to The Great Himalayan National Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The case study method will be used for the research purpose. Primary data will be collected using a questionnaire and in-depth interview. Homestay owners, local vendors, and other service providers will be interviewed using convenient and snowball sampling technique. The contribution of homestays will be studied from various aspects like average income earned, number of jobs created, women entrepreneurs involved, reverse migration, development of infrastructure, rise in standard of living, etc. This study contributes to tourism research by exploring the economic contributions of homestay programme.
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