e-Traveler & Tourism, Winner 2012
All Events is a one place platform founded in 2011 which informs about all the important events happening in the area.Any tourist or local person can get information about any events free of cost which helps him exploring the city through events with the added advantage of not having to register for the service. All Events is a global platform that allows the client to not only share Facebook events quickly but also to promote them. A simple and easy way to know what is happening around the city. The concept got popular with the users instantly and now a huge number of events are posted every day. The aim is to promote as many events through the site as possible;to make users aware of what the site’s name promises, namely “All Events” in the city.The model is unique since the site does not require users to post events manually as it is practically impossible for the user to keep track of and post the enormous number of events.With All Events users can create event pages on Facebook which will then automatically be posted on All Events. It is simple and perhaps the easiest way to post an event without any registration.
Hornbillfestival.com was developed at a time when proper information on the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland was not available on the Internet. During the year 2011,the website received visitors from 85 countries. Each year, the website responds to hundreds of enquiries from tourists wishing to visit the festival.With time, the website started providing various online services for tourists based on their requirements. By providing home-stays for tourists,the website has helped locals to earn and income while at the same time to providing accommodation to tourists. Hornbillfestival.com has also played a major role in spreading awareness about the Hornbill bird which is facing extinction and helped form the Horn bill Conservation Initiative.Hornbillfestival.com was awarded the National Tourism Award 2010-2011 and the e-North East Award 2011. Itis also the most popular and trusted website on the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland. For example Hornbillfestival.com ranks number one in Google for the key words “HornbillFestival”. It provides up-to-date news and information on the popular Hornbill festival of Nagaland organized by the Government of Nagaland every year. The website provides details of various events held each year during the festival. It also provides tourists with valuable information on how to reach the festival, info on permits, howto apply, and travel guides to the location and so on.
Roads Less Travelled (RLT) was established in 2011 and promotes local and alternative travel, bringing together the worlds of the local people and local operators with the travelers who are keen to explore local cultures, gaining offbeat experiences. RLTworks with locals with the goal to promote sustainable tourism and on improvingthe livelihoods of the locals in the process.The site offers information from heritageto life style,for example listing ancient bungalows in small and far-off destinations,heritage properties, home stays, eco resorts and palaces.The program also helps in protecting the natural heritage of the place and offers livelihood options since sustainable tourism facilitates an opportunity for local operators to thrive and stay in their hometowns as well as to employ more locals to act as guides or to have travelers have dinner, lunch or stay in their homes. The urban traveler has been to all the regular tourist places and now wants to explore more, apart from the regularhustle bustle of the touristy places.The customers of the portal include people working in MNC’s, corporate houses, media and entertainment and other streams.What joins the consumers is a common thread of exploration and interest in local cultures.