2002 Press Releases

Launch of Indian Rail Holidays 2002

Himachal Magic, Southern Sensation, Enchanting Kerala and Gorgeous Goa…

Encouraged by the success of its Vaishno Devi Package, Thomas Cook (I) Ltd (TCIL), the leading travel and related services company today launched Indian Rail Holiday 2002. This is in conjunction with Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC).

Combining the cost effectiveness of rail transportation with the expertise of its tour operations, Thomas Cook has designed 12 packages to popular holiday destinations like Himachal, Kumaon, Vaishno Devi, Kerala and the veritable Goa. These packages are available ex-Mumbai/Ahmedabad/Delhi.

Holidaymakers can choose from an affordable Rs 4,790 per person for a 5 night/6days package to Goa, Rs 3690/- for a 3night/4day trip to Vaishno Devi, Rs 16,590 for 8 nights in Kumaon, Rs 19,890 for a 12 nights in Kerala to Rs 25,390 for a 14 nights package in Himachal. Cost is inclusive of 3 tier ac train fare, hotel accommodation, meals and sight seeing. An experienced tour manager accompanies the group.

"Railways still exude the romance of travel and, tourism industry in developed countries across the globe, utilise the services of its rail network to showcase the country, says Pradip Madhavji, Chairman Thomas Cook (I) Ltd. The Ministry of Railways has also nominated Madhavji to be a member on the Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee of the Central Railway.

Says M N Chopra, MD, IRCTC, "IRCTC’s main objective is promotion of Rail based Tourism and development of tourism infrastructure. Value added tour packages with leading tour operators would enable quality marketing of tourism services by providing single window service to domestic tourists. IRCTC’c association with Thomas Cook has led to circuit development of large number of tourist destination for the first time and will enable IRCTC in achieving its objective.

The tie up with IRCTC ensures that Thomas Cook can give their customers a confirmed rail ticket in their own individual name even if the booking comes just a few days prior to departure, points out Sunil Gupta, Head- Leisure Travel, Thomas Cook (I) Ltd.

He further assures that Thomas Cook is committed to providing the same high quality of efficient and professional service it does in the Outbound tour segment.