e-Culture & Tourism, Winner 2013
Project Title : MTDC Online Booking Website
Category : e-Culture and Tourism
Producer : Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation

MTDC-Online-Booking-WebsiteThe Maharashtra Tourism website by the Government of Maharashtra is a unique website that has blended tourism and e-commerce effortlessly. The website not only provides information on tourism and heritage locations but also provides online transactions. Last time, the annual online transaction was `20 crore, i.e. about 4 million USD.
It acts as a one stop shop for various tourism related programs in the state. Domestic and inter-national tourists are the frequent visitors of the portal and booking site. The portal delivers both, content and services about tourism opportunities in Maharashtra – booking of hotels, resorts and luxury railways. They also have a bed and breakfast model integrated to their scheme. In the web-site, there is a facility available for online trip planner through which tourists can plan their trip from one point to another by just following the instructions given thereon. Online trip planner sug-gests for week long holidays, short break, and weekend destination.

Other Features:

  • Online reservation facility is available both for resort and Deccan Odyssey tickets booking.
  • Tariffs are updated yearly or after every six months.
  • A customer can update his bookings, rooms wise or date wise.
  • A customer can book his accommodation through his cell phone or any landline phone. He has to just call the toll free number to avail this facility

Project Title : Thrillophilia (Special Mention)
Category : e-Culture and Tourism
Producer : Thrillophilia Adventure Tours

ThrillophiliaThrillophilia is a one stop destination for traveling in India, be it activity get-aways, Weekend trips, long trek expeditions, rafting outdoor consultants and tour managers. The website has more than 3000 pages of information on activity travel in India – through blogs, guides, articles ,travelogues and tour pages.
Thrillophilia provides tourists all relevant information under one umbrella. It is a platform for curated activities and experiences in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Locals to a region. The 11 members outdoor and product team at Thrillophilia travels across experience and verify a trip or activity. The team at Thrillophilia uses its expertise to reach out to people using digital marketing tools and technology. The outdoor team now is doing its research on other regions like Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal to expand into these regions. Today, Thrillophilia is tied up with more than 400 service providers in all the regions of India and has 500+ activity tours on the website with local partners. Locals to a region are the actual experts at the stuff they are doing and the team at Thrillophilia is an expert at reaching out to people using digital marketing and technology. This becomes a win-win for both the parties. Moreover, the consumer perspective is getting all relevant information that is not otherwise easily available.

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