State's luxury expresses see 15 pc rise in occupancy

State's luxury expresses see 15 pc rise in occupancy

The State’s twin luxury expresses — Golden Chariot and Southern Splendour have seen 15 per cent increase in occupancy compared to last year, according to Lawrence Travels and Tours (Private) Limited, official general sales agents of Golden Chariot & Southern Splendour.

In 2012-13, Golden Chariot and Southern Splendour had 19 runs as against 25 their normal trips. They reported occupancy of 566 as against 1,672 capacity.  
In 2013-14, the two made 17 trips (till date) with 600 occupancy.

Last year 286 passengers took Golden Chariot and 284 Southern Splendours, while in 2013-14, Golden Chariot saw 340 travelling and Southern Splendour 260.

The tourist season being from October to March, sees around 80-85 per cent of foreigners travelling in these luxury expressed.

According to tourism department officials, Golden Chariot is more popular than Southern Splendour as most foreigners are aware of backwaters of neighbouring states compared to ones in Karnataka.

In Karnataka they are aware of UNESCO heritage sites covered by Golden Chairot, which are drawing more attention.

According to them there is need to publicise Southern Splendour more in the international market.

Tourists taking Golden Chariot travel across Bangalore, Mysore, Kabini Backwaters, Hassan, Shravanabelagola, Belur, Halebid, Hampi, Badami, Pattadakal and Goa.

Southern Splendour covers Bangalore, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Auroville, Pondicherry, Trichy, Tanjore Temples, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Kovallam Beach, Kerala and Cochin.

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