This newspiece is one of the most interesting article to be covered this week. It talks about facility to be provided by Rajasthan Tourism for making online advance booking for elephant rides at various sites. The charge will be USD 13 or INR 600 for 2 persons. The idea is to increase number of people to use the service and increase revenues from value added services like these. Its a good approach being taken by Rajasthan Tourism especially after making wild life safari at Ranthambore booking available online. Most of the tourism board websites in india are taking next level of e-commerce to make hotel reservations online but what is needed is to bring these value added services like adventure sports booking or other services made available online. Using the online tool tourism boards will be able to provide online tour creation facility whereas creating revenue for local small operators and helping tourist plan better holidays.
Online hotel reservation engine of rajasthan board looks pretty decent as they have invested right amount of money in making portal and providing the right services. The site is using ICICI payment gateway services for accepting master car and visa credit cards. Important thing is with these inventories available online potential exist for travel portal to aggregate contents from these websites with an agreement and make available inventory on their own websites.