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Community non-participation in homestays in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Sood, Jyoti; Lynch, Paul; Anastasiadou, Constantia


Jyoti Sood

Paul Lynch


An upsurge in popularity of homestays has provided newer economic opportunities to remote Indian Himalayan communities. Despite the benefits homestays offer, their acceptance by mountain communities is fraught with challenges. This qualitative research study has listened to and given voice to homestay scheme non-participants, community members from 15 villages in the Kullu region. Through thematic analysis, rational, understandable reasons leading to decisions not to engage are identified: socio-cultural; practical and apprehensions. Reasons include an inability to comply with certain guidelines of the scheme, inadequacy in sanitary infrastructure, gender roles, complex socio-cultural issues and also home model issues, which all condition the scheme implementation. The concept of ‘deliberate non-participation’ is advanced which extends previous typologies of community participation. Further theoretical and practical implications of the study are discussed along with recommendations for future development of the homestay scheme


Sood, J., Lynch, P., & Anastasiadou, C. (2017). Community non-participation in homestays in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India. Tourism Management, 60, 332-347.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 9, 2016
Online Publication Date Dec 23, 2016
Publication Date 2017-06
Deposit Date Jan 4, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 24, 2018
Journal Tourism Management
Print ISSN 0261-5177
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Pages 332-347
Keywords Homestay, Himalayas, socio-cultural sensibilities, constraints, community non- participation
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