Malaysian Homestays

Digital Literacies and Host-Guest Encounters: the case of homestays in Malaysia

This project wants to capture the transformative learning aspect of homestay tourism in Malaysia, by understanding the travellers’ perspective, in terms of what they value and what they learn in visiting Malaysia homestays. This project has been designed to apply Social Representation Theory to unveil shared imaginaries related to homestay tourism experiences, exploring what travellers learn, value and discover about local communities.

5 tablets running an ad hoc application will be given to 5 homestays hosts for a period of 6 months. Hosts will be in charge of handling the devices with tourists. At the end of their stay, tourists will record a very short video (2 min) exploring what they gained from their stay within the local community in terms of new knowledge, skills and habitus.

This project is a joint effort between Bournemouth University (Isabella Rega and Alessandro Inversini) and University of Nottingham Malaysia (Ms Siew Wei Gan).