, the aggregator for verified homestays in India and Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL) signed an MOU to jointly promote and market homestays and alternate stays in the state of Gujarat. The MOU was signed and exchanged by Mr. S.J.Haider (IAS), Principal Secretary (Tourism) of Gujarat Tourism in the presence of Hon. Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma and Hon. Tourism Secretary, Mr. Vinod Zutshi, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

After signing MoUs with Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation and Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, this tie-up firmly establishes Stayzilla as a leading player in the industry of homestays and alternate stays. Under this agreement, Stayzilla and Gujarat Tourism will share the current base of homestays on each other's digital platforms to bring more awareness on homestays in Gujarat. Stayzilla will also aid verification procedures and jointly promote the concept of homestays in the state. All homestays registered with TCGL will receive technological and operational support to run. Also, Stayzilla & TCGL will jointly conduct education and training sessions for TCGL registered homestays on best practices such as online usage, content management, operations and expense management, which will benefit the hosts of the homestays.

The company is closely working with various state tourism departments for joint promotion and marketing of homestays. Stayzilla has recently signed MoUs with Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation and Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board to enhance homestay concept among the travelers in these states. There have been around 600 workshops conducted pan India, at various locations, with the hosts from different corners, out of which about 80 workshops were conducted in various towns and cities of Gujarat. This has helped in boosting homestay supply in Gujarat over the last 6months, thereby bringing up the number of verified homestays in the state to over 400.

Commenting on this announcement, Ankit Rastogi, Vice President, Marketplace, Stayzilla said, “We, at Stayzilla, have maintained that the key to increasing tourism is the availability of quality and affordable rooms, pan India. The shortage of rooms cannot be solved efficiently by constructing hotels within a short frame of time. We are excited about the fact that various State Governments in conjunction with the Central Government have come together in realizing this. Gujarat has emerged as one of the most popular states in the country for travel, thus playing a significant role in India’s tourism potential. This MoU, like the others, will help in building a vibrant ecosystem for Homestays in Gujarat.”

For travelers across the globe and the country, Gujarat offers a massive coastline along its southern fringes with the mighty White Rann of Kutch offering an enchanting landscape of white sand desert. Besides, Gujarat has carved for itself a position as a pilgrimage destination with its extremely popular pilgrimage circuit of Somnath, Porbandar and Dwarka in the West. Furthermore, the philosophy of Gandhi draws many globetrotters to this place, added by its richness in culture, heritage, food and flora and fauna.

Stayzilla has a wide range of homestay options in many of these towns such as the ‘French Haveli’, which is a 150 year old restored Gujarati home in Ahmedabad, ‘Divan’s Bungalow’, a boutique homestay with rich heritage in Raikhad and ‘Deewanji ni Haveli’, a 250 year old restored haveli in Ahmedabad.

Stayzilla, which has presently over 8000 homestay units in its portfolio is working at grassroot level for unlocking more and more numbers of registered homestays in the country. The company is conducting town hall activities across 4500 cities to create awareness about homestays and alternate stays.

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