Homestay revenue hits RM18.5m in 2012
The Malaysia Homestay Programme generated total revenue of RM18.5 million for rural communities last year, said Tourism
Malaysia chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.
She said 325,258 tourists participated in the programme, which not only generates income but helps to protect, preserve and conserve the nature, culture and traditions besides fostering friendship.
"During the programme, tourists are encouraged to plant a tree and 'give back' to Mother Nature. Up to December 2012, 14,023 saplings had been planted garnering a revenue of RM43,196 for the homestay operators," she said in a statement today.
At the inaugural World Agritourism Forum in China recently, she gave a presentation on the programme, a successful poverty reduction scheme that provides local communities with additional income.-- Bernama