. Swetha P. A, Dr. Srinivas K.T


Homestays embrace the principle of eco-tourism and community development. They have also evolved as an instrument for economic development and employment generation at the local community. Kodagu, a district in Karnataka state has attracted tourists all over the country and encouraging the homestay business. The present study is to test the contribution of homestays for the economic development of local community at Kodagu. The study uses primary data collected from 197 homestay owners and operators using selection sampling technique. The socio-economic development of homestays have been studied from major areas such as number of homestays, average investment made, average income earned, number of jobs created and women entrepreneurs evolved over the two decades. Correlation and regression analysis are used to test the hypotheses framed and for drawing conclusions. The study showed a positive impact of economic development of homestay owners and operators as well as the local community by creating jobs to support homestay business.


Homestays, Community development, Socio-economic development, Kodagu

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