Nowadays tourism is taking a new twist in the industry. Long gone were the days where people were able to be ‘spend-free’ whenever they go travelling. As the result, we can see the budget airlines are laughing their ways to the bank while the conventional types are suffering losses after losses. Even the ‘taikor’ of the aviation industry – the Singapore Airlines were not spared.
As people go ‘BUDGET’ in their travels these days, a new concept of ‘Homestay’ is mushrooming all around the world and Penang, being one of the best locations for travelers in the world, is not spared from it as well. What is Homestay actually? I am not too sure about it but after googling it on the internet, I found this:
“Homestay is a form of tourism and/or study abroad program that allows the visitor to rent a room from a local family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve their language ability.”
Anyway, I think the local operators of Homestay in Penang has a slightly different idea where they will rent the entire apartment or house to the guest(s) for a period of time for a sum of money and this “Homestay Fee” is normally much much lower than a normal hotel rates would charge. In another words, it means you’ll get a 3-room stay for a relatively cheaper rates if compared to you checking into a 4-star hotel! Splendid, isn’t it?
But of course, we have to bear in mind that if you pay peanuts, you’ll get peanuts as well. Therefore, the expectations of quality in what you gonna get in “Homestay” will definitely lower than the ones you’ll get in a hotel. There maybe no ‘housekeeping’ tidying up your bed on daily basis, no Internet or Wi-fi facilities and et cetera. But with the change of travelers’ mindset these days, who cares anyway? Hehehe…
However, there are quite a number of high quality ‘Homestay’ available in Penang as well. Just check out these photos being posted here and you’ll find that for a little bit of extra payment, you may end up in some of the most polished condos situated in Tanjung Bungah and Batu Ferringhi tourist stretch on this island.
While the prime hotels in Penang island are still enjoying high occupancy rate especially during peak season such as festivals and school holidays, I am pretty sure more and more people are going ‘Homestay’ and who knows, it might be the new backbone of tourism for the future! Anyway, I don’t think it will pose a serious threat to the local hotel industry yet. There are still many people who will still prefer the luxuries being offered by the hotels.
Hmmm… seems good and sounds nice? Want a taste of Homestay the next time you visit Penang? Don’t worry… just log into this website http://www.pg-apartments.com for more information on Homestay or Apartment Stay in Penang. Perhaps you can tell the operator you are being recommended by new dawn for penang and who knows, you might some discount! lol… 😀