Satiating the travel lust
By Express News Service | Published: 17th July 2017 08:39 AM |
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Wanna travel but afraid of arranging safe transport and accommodation? Tourfed, the state-run tour and travel agency, offers you secure and exciting trips to exotic locations in the country and abroad.The seven-year-old agency had recently announced a slew of trips, both domestic and international, at nominal rates.
The agency’s most popular single day trip connecting Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi has also been made attractive by adding Kochi Metro to the itinerary. The other attractions of this “all in one” tour are travel by air, sea and rail besides sight seeing in Kochi.
Tourfed managing director Shaji Madhavan said families constitute a majority of their clientele. “Ninety percent of our customers are families and hence vacations are the most busiest time for us. Being a government agency, we associate only with recognised and reputed travel and lodging partners,” he said.
The agency offers single-day tour programmes within the state, and packages to other-states and foreign countries. Other-state destinations range from pilgrimage sites like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kanyakumari and Mookambika to holiday hill stations like Shimla and Manali.
The agency’s rates are affordable and are lesser than those charged by private agencies in some routes, according to Shaji Madhavan. “We pass on a significant portion of the discounts we get from our lodging partners to the customers. Our programmes are both safer and cheaper than private players,” he said.Tourfed has catered to over 19,000 customers during the past seven years. This does not include single day trips. It is also a preferred choice of employees of various offices like the Postal Department and AG’s Office.
Despite the post-demonetisation slump, the agency could register good business this year. In five months starting March, about 6,000 persons realised their travel dreams with its help.
Shimla, Manali favourites
According to Tourfed, popular other-state destinations of their Kerala clientele are hill stations of Shimla and Manali. Multi-day Delhi tour featuring Taj Mahal is second most preferred trip. The agency is planning campaign programmes with special focus on IT sector. “We have good scope in the IT sector where the employees are mostly young and affluent. We plan to make inroads into Technopark, Infopark and other private firms,” Shaji Madhavan said.
‘All in One’ tour
Thiruvananthapuram-Kochi trip offers travel by air, sea, road and rail routes is the most popular among the travel plans of Tourfed. recently Metro train has also been added in the itinerary. Over 25,000 perosns have availed of this so far. Tourists depart to Kochi by flight at 6 am and will get to cruise on Sagara Rani, travel on metro train and visit places like Willingdon Island, Jew Street. They will be taken back to Thiruvananthapurm on train and will reach at 9 pm.
TC No,12/1391(2), Tripura, KSRA -111/A, Kunnukuzhy, Vanchiyoor P.O. Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala, India 695035
Tel: 0471 2305075 / 2305023
Mob: 9495405075 / 9495445075
Tourfed takes well care of their customers. Stand-by arrangements are arranged for transport and lodging. Three mobile phone numbers are given to the clients to contact the agency during the tour.
Some popular packages with fares as on 16th July. Fares will change from time to time and rates given ar for packages with a minimum of four persons
Rs 45,000 per person
Rs 30,000 per person
Singapore-Thailand (excluding air fare)
3 nights, 2 days
Rs 15,000 per person
5 nights, 4 days
Rs 15,500 per person
Rs 13,900 per person
3 nights, 2 days
Rs 15,500 per person
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