UCSI University held its homestay training programme ‘Sarawak Next Paradise Homestay’ at the Bengoh Resettlement Scheme (BRS) in Padawan, about 40 kilometers from Kuching on July 7.
It received over 350 participants including villagers and secondary school students with a group of lecturers and 40 students from the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management coordinated the programme with the aim of modelling better-qualified homestay operators.
The local operators were encouraged to provide more than lodging and to have provide tourism packages and activities connected to their homestay as well as to utilise the communicative power of social media for marketing purposes.
This programme was part and parcel of the University’s faculty’s corporate social responsibility efforts to help local villagers dependent on tourism in Padawan to have a share in the hospitality industry business.
Four workshops, ‘Guidelines of Homestay Operations’, ‘Activities and Attractions’, ‘Maintenance and Facilities’, and ‘Safety and Environment’ was held for the training period.