Twenty three homeowners here recently underwent a three-day skills training on homestay program in line with the town’s vision of developing cultural tourism as an economic driver for progress.
The participants were coached by a trainer from the Department of Tourism on the principles and procedures of hospitality and hostelry and briefed on the risks and benefits of the Homestay Program.
Kiangan Tourism Officer Eulalie Dulnuan said that the homestay is an accommodation program that allows visitors to rent a room from local family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve their language ability. She said that the lack of accommodation facilities in the municipality makes homestay a necessity and appropriate because with cultural tourism, the host family could be the ones to help explain the customs and traditions of the community people.
This skills training is part of the package to complete the triad sectors that are being prepared to service not only the community but the tourists as well and is needed to make the homestay program at par with hostels and pensions considering that the homeowners do not have formal training on hostelry and hospitality management.