Friday, December 28, 2012

THE TOURISM BUSINESS

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The Tourism Business

The role of the tour operator is to essentially sell accommodation, transport, activities and transfers in a combined all-inclusive package. The Tour operators’ product is different to that sold by other businesses in many ways and understanding this will go a long way to being successful.

1.    What you are selling is an intangible product that must be bought blind because it cannot be seen, touched or experienced by the consumer before use. Instead, tour operators prepare brochures which represent their products in words and pictures. These brochures cannot accurately give an impression of how any one particular client will experience the product, so sellers are often described as selling dreams. Buying a holiday is like buying a bar of chocolate; only memories are left after the product is consumed.

2.    You are selling a discretionary product, meaning that the clients do not have to buy it in the same way that they do food or fuel. When finances are tight or during a recession, they may choose to spend their money that would have gone on a holiday on other consumer durables such as a compact disc player or new washing machine.

3.    It is not a heterogeneous product. You could buy a refrigerator like your neighbour’s and expect it to look identical and operate in exactly the same way, but holidays are by their very nature varied. Anyone coming to Konkan on a food and nature tour will have a different experience whether they come in summer or monsoon, even if they went with the same operator, stayed in the same hotels and ate at the same restaurants.

4.    It is a perishable product.

5.    Package holidays suffer from inseparability. The behaviour of everyone involved in the product, from the hotel porter to the vehicle driver can have an effect on the outcome of the experience. If we purchase a washing machine, our enjoyment of the product will not be reduced by an irritating plumber who installs it.



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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

BAL SHASTRI JAMBHEKAR

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BAL SHASTRI JAMBHEKAR


He was born in village Pombhurle in Devgad taluka (Sindhudurga) in Konkan region of Maharashtra state. He founded Darpan as the first Marathi newspaper in 1832. The newspaper Darpan was born out of this patriotism and social awareness. He was editor of this newspaper during the British rule in India. This turned out to be the beginning of Marathi journalism. Balshastri Jambhekar was only 20 years old then.







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Thursday, December 13, 2012

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DABHOL AND SHAHI MASJID (Anda Masjid)

The Dabhol port boasts of centuries old history. Dabhol was of great importance in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. It used to be the principal port of South Konkan region, carrying on trade with ports in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. During 13th to 15th centuries this port was ruled by the Bahamani dynasty and was known as Mustafabad. Later on it was Hamjabad and then it was Dabhol.
You can find many religious places of Hindus and Muslims. There is a fine mosque called Shahi Masjid with dome and minarets standing close to the port which was built in Adilshah’s Regime. It is said that Adilshah’s Begum spent around 1.5 million rupees in Indian currency for the construction of this mosque. Shahi Masjid is an excellent example of Muslim architecture. Dabhol was previously very famous, but of late much ruined by the Wars, and decreased in trade.
Dabul was conquered by Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj around 1660 and annexed to the new Maratha kingdom. The erection of the Maratha fort of Anjanvel (Gopalgad)  right across the river eclipsed whatever role remained for Dabul, and the once-great port city simply evaporated and disappeared from the maps.
Attempts to locate the historic port have sometimes led historians to mistakenly identify historic Dabul with modern Dapoli, an interior town several miles north of Dabhol.
Sadly, Dabhol's name was revived in the 1990s in association with the notorious Dabhol Power Station erected near the site by the Enron Company.





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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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KARHATESHWAR

The tourist gets spellbound to see astonishing beauty of the nature surrounding Karhateshwar Devsthan. No one could anticipate how splendid the bounty of the nature would be there till he reaches the place. Karhateshwar Devsthan is situated in the village Nandiwade near the coastline 4 to 5 km from Jaigad. The temple is of wooden structure, built during the regime of Shilaharas. In the night, temple is closed for visitors. On the slopes of the hill by the side of seashore between the cuttings of the hill, water springs in small stream, throughout the year. This spring water is stored in two small tanks for bathing purpose. Even during winter the water is warm. One who takes bath gets fresh and energetic. Shri Narayanbhau Jog, a Ramdasi, has described the place in following words:
Ekantsthali Ha Suramya Vilase Name Karhateshwar  |
Paai Sagar Nitya Ha Vasatase Garjoniya Gambhir ||

The deity of Karhateshwar is installed at a beautiful lonely place, at whose feet the roaring sea is there for ever.








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WAGESHWAR TEMPLE (TONDAVALI)

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WAGESHWAR TEMPLE (TONDAVALI)

This old Temple sits amidst of Tondavali which is 24 Kms away from Malvan. A Shivlingam located in a cave of a big rock. Lots of people come on each Monday to worship the Shivlingam. The legend behind this says that in old days Tondavali area was completely under the sea. When a sailor threw his net for fishing it got hooked up. Sailor could not pick up his net so he kept it and came on next day to search. He found a Shivalingam trapped in the net. After some years by the storage of sand, a belt of land was formed on the same location. The sailors built a Temple over the location with their own contribution. On the back side of Temple there was a bushy jungle with wild animals. People says that in old days tigers came in the Temple but never disturbed any mankind. So the Temple is known as Wagheshwar Temple. Just beside the Temple there is a big rock in which a cave of size 80 Sq ft is carved. Many tourists come in Tondavali to visit this religious & beautiful tourist spot.


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TONDAVALI BEACH

kanchan athalye | Tuesday, December 04, 2012 | Best Blogger Tips
        
TONDAVALI  BEACH     

This is perhaps the true manifestation of an untouched beach. It had to hike almost a km from the road to get to the shore but it was totally worth the drain. When I first saw a glimpse of the shore from the end of the tree thickets, I could identify with a feeling of someone who discovers new land. Not a single soul here and the sand had just patterns of sea wind. Fine grains of soft white particles urged everyone to feel them without footwear. Cool waters splashing away you almost feel sorry no one watches this phenomenon abundantly.                                                                                                

                                                                                                         
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

CELEBRATE DIWALI IN KONKAN

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DIWALI IN KONKAN

Nov. 10th : Early morning departure from a convenient location or your doorstep. Stop for breakfast at Nagothane,  the gateway to the Alphonso Belt. We meander through the verdant Konkan countryside and stop to enjoy a lunch of locally-grown naachni and local produce at a ‘khanval’ at the sleepy little Pethe Parushram village near Chiplun. This is the mythical site where Parushram threw his mighty axe into the churning sea, causing the waters to recede to its current shoreline. Here you can also stop and buy mango and gooseberry products. In the evening, check in at a hilltop farmhouse at Nate, nestled in More Than2000 of Mango Plantation. Stroll around the farm, where your host will explain the varieties of mangoes and how they are cultivated. Ride a bullock cart into the village, where you will also witness the preparation of festive diyas (lamps) from flour and the celebration of Dhantreyas, or calf-worship. Early dinner with aamras from the farm.
Nov. 11th: Awake before dawn for the traditional oil and uthna herbal Diwali bath. Watch the fog roll in over the hills as we set off on Diwali morning with a swim at the clean and uncluttered Godivane Beach. Relax on the white sands of Godivane while feasting on a packed brunch of poha, upma and other Diwali delicacies. Proceed to Nate Sightseeing – Kanakaditya Temple, Ambolgad, Gagangiri Maharaj Math, Ambolgad Beach. In the Evening Boating in Jaitapur Backwaters.  In the late afternoon, fun and games at the farm, including a Rangoli drawing competition, where we conclude the evening with a Puja to Laxmi, Goddess of wealth.
Nov. 12th : After an early breakfast at 7:30 am, we take a dip in the Konkani Brahmin food. Dinner.
Nov. 13th : Breakfast at 7:30 am and proceed to Mumbai.

Optional Sightseeing can be included as per the time and liking of the tourists is as follows (any one of the following):
1.      Dootapapeshwar Temple – A huge and scenic Waterfall
2.      Vijaydurg
3.      Ratnagiri City Tour

Tour Concludes But The Relationship Continues…………………..
Total Tour cost is Rs. 8640/- per person which includes:
 Transportation, Accommodation, All Meals, Tea/Coffee, Tolls, Guide / Entrance fees, Cultural Entertainment.
NB.: The costs for Packages Mentioned herein are ex- Mumbai.

Group size: Minimum 8 and maximum 10, based on shared accommodation. 





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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Dusserah Special Tour to Vijaydurg


October 23rd:  Early morning departure from a convenient location or your doorstep. Stop for breakfast at Nagothane,  the gateway to the Alphonso Belt. Lunch and proceed to Derwan, where you can watch the entire life history of King Shivaji through pictures and statues. This memorial is known as ‘Shivsrushti’. Shivsrushti was established by Shree sant Sitarambua Walawalkar Trust. Near about one crore rupees and 15 years were spent in construction of Shivsrushti. Stay at Ganesh Agro Tourism.

October 24th: Have Breakfast and proceed to Fort Vijaydurg, which literally means "Victory Fort", is a fort built by Shivaji in the Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra. The main purpose of building this fort was to defend the shoreline on the Arabian Sea. This fort is a complex in itself, having a commander's house and three lines of defences. The three fortified walls stand proud and tested by time and the unforgiving sea. Evening Boating and Ambolgad – Gagan Giri Maharaj Math. Stay at Ganesh Agro Tourism.

October 25th: Breakfast at 7.30 am.  Proceed towards Mumbai. On route visit Kanakaditya Temple, There are only few temples of God Sun. Hindu philosophers and believers consider Sun as a God. There is an ancient Sun temple at Prabhas Pattan near Veraval in Sourashtra region. One can find some Sun temples in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.). Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), Konark, Orisa and Nepal. Kasheli, a very small village in Rajapur Taluka of Ratnagiri district, is the prime attraction for devotees due to a famous and ancient Temple of Sri. Kanakaditya (Name of Sun God). The Temple is having a bright historical background. The deity of God Aditya (one of the names of God Sun) was brought from Prabhas Pattan Sun temple before 800 years. Prabhas Pattan is Lord Krishna’s place. There are so many legends about the temple. Once one boatman was traveling from Veraval port towards South direction. The deity of Aditya was there in the same boat. When the boat was passing through the Kasheli region, the boat had stopped automatically. The boatman tried a lot to sail the boat into the sea. But he failed to do so. Then he has decided to place the deity of God Aditya at the Kaseli port. He had placed the deity into a black cave (approximately 400 sq. feet). Immediately after this, the boat had got the motion for sailing. A great devotee of God Sun, Kanaka, was living at Kasheli. She got the enlightment from God Sun about the deity. Then she had formally constructed a small temple of Aditya with the help of villagers, hence the temple is known as Kanakaditya. The cave is called as “Devachi Kholi” ( God’s room). Stay at Ganesh Agro Tourism.


Tour Concludes, But the Relationship continues……………
Cost Per Head : 6,490/=


The Above Cost Includes:
Transportation (A/C), Accommodation (Non AC,  Multiple Sharing), All Meals (Vegetarian) Toll/Guide/Entrance/Boating any other expenses.




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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kojaagiri Purnima Special Ladies Tour,2012

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Kojaagiri  Purnima  Special Ladies Tour,2012
  
October 27th,2012 :  Early morning departure from a convenient location or your doorstep. Stop for breakfast at Nagothane,  the gateway to the Alphonso Belt. Proceed to Lord Parshuram Temple, Parashurama  a Brahmin, the sixth avatar of Vishnu, belongs to the Treta yug, and is the son of Jamadagani and Renuka. Parashu means axe, hence his name literally means Rama-with-the-axe. He received an axe after undertaking a terrible penance to please Shiva, from whom he learned the methods of warfare and other skills. He fought the advancing ocean back thus saving the lands of Konkan and Malabar. The coastal area of Kerala state along with the Konkan region, i.e., coastal Maharashtra and Karnataka, is also sometimes called Parashurama Kshetra (Parashurama's country). Parashurama is said to be a "warrior Brahman", the first warrior saint. His mother is descended from the Kshatriya Suryavansham clan that ruled Ayodhya and Lord Rama also belonged to. Lunch and proceed to Derwan, where you can watch the entire life history of King Shivaji through pictures and statues. This memorial is known as ‘Shivsrushti’. Shivsrushti was established by Shree sant Sitarambua Walawalkar Trust. Near about one crore rupees and 15 years were spent in construction of Shivsrushti. Stay at Ganesh Agro Tourism.

October 28th,2012 : Breakfast at 7.30 am.  Proceed towards Mumbai. On route visit Kanakaditya Temple, There are only few temples of God Sun. Hindu philosophers and believers consider Sun as a God. There is an ancient Sun temple at Prabhas Pattan near Veraval in Sourashtra region. One can find some Sun temples in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.). Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), Konark, Orisa and Nepal. Kasheli, a very small village in Rajapur Taluka of Ratnagiri district, is the prime attraction for devotees due to a famous and ancient Temple of Sri. Kanakaditya (Name of Sun God). The Temple is having a bright historical background. The deity of God Aditya (one of the names of God Sun) was brought from Prabhas Pattan Sun temple before 800 years. Prabhas Pattan is Lord Krishna’s place. There are so many legends about the temple. Once one boatman was traveling from Veraval port towards South direction. The deity of Aditya was there in the same boat. When the boat was passing through the Kasheli region, the boat had stopped automatically. The boatman tried a lot to sail the boat into the sea. But he failed to do so. Then he has decided to place the deity of God Aditya at the Kaseli port. He had placed the deity into a black cave (approximately 400 sq. feet). Immediately after this, the boat had got the motion for sailing. A great devotee of God Sun, Kanaka, was living at Kasheli. She got the enlightment from God Sun about the deity. Then she had formally constructed a small temple of Aditya with the help of villagers, hence the temple is known as Kanakaditya. The cave is called as “Devachi Kholi” ( God’s room). Stay at Ganesh Agro Tourism.

October 29th, 2012 : Visit Doothpapeshwar Temple, It is on the bank of Mrudani River. It's an ancient temple. Natural beauty around it is extraordinary. At the both sides of the temple there are huge mountains and a river flows through it making it more beautiful.The Mrudani River jumps from the high mountain so there is a beautiful waterfall near the temple. Some tourists come to see the waterfall. The best period to watch this waterfall is between July to November. Celebrate Kojaagiri Purnima in Jaitapur Backwaters in a boat. Stay at Ganesh Agro Tourism.

October 30th, 2012 : Have Breakfast and proceed towards Mumbai. On route visit Ganpatipule, famous not only because of its blue water and white sand, but for Swayambhu Ganpati Temple (Swayambhu means a self-originated idol, Ganapati). 400 years old Ganpati idol at Ganpatipule is said to have sprung up from the soil. This deity faces the West, so as to guard the western gates, unlike deities in other Indian temples who face the East. The Temple is at the base of a hill, and pilgrims walk around (pradakshina) the hill as a mark of respect.


The  Cost Per Person Is Rs. 7270/- Which Includes:
Transportation (A/C), Accommodation (Non AC & Multiple  Sharing), All Meals (Vegetarian) Toll/Guide/Entrance/Boating any other expenses.
Highlights Of  The Tour:
*       Games
*      Cultural Programme
*      Special Menu / Dishes
*      Tent Accommodation Available On Request





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Monday, August 6, 2012

PREFFERED SALES AGENT

kanchan athalye | Monday, August 06, 2012 | Best Blogger Tips
PSA IMAGE 1
Preferred Sales Agent

Offerings:
As being a part of Purna Travels PSA?
clip_image002 Fixed departures of Purna Travels
clip_image002[1] Special Tours like, Scuba & Snorkelling, Exploring Lighthouses, Home on Wheels, Theme Tours to Konkan etc.
clip_image002[2] Individual (FIT) & Group (GIT) Tours

ADVANTAGES OF BECOMING OUR PSA
What are the benefits of being a PSA of Purna Travels?
clip_image002[3] Association with a leading Travel company Specialize in Konkan Sector of Maharashtra.
clip_image002[4] Opportunity to promote and sell a wide range of Konkan Holidays.
clip_image002[5] All around support from Purna Travels PSA Sales department in terms of product training,process awareness, query solving and interaction with Guests, if required.
clip_image002[6] Promotional materials such as brochures, leaflets etc for your outlet.
 

HOW TO BECOME OUR PSA
Attach the Application form & fulfill the following requirements.
clip_image002[7] A CD of Photographs (Contents : interior of your office, the entrance & premises)
clip_image002[8] Contact Details: nearest station , famous Landmark & on which floor your office is located.
clip_image002[9] Copy of Pan Card of proprietor certified by Advocate, or if partnership - Copy of Partnership deed certified by the advocate.
clip_image002[10] Pan card copy of the partnership firm and all partners certified by advocate.
clip_image002[11] Applicants Passport size Photographs.
clip_image002[12] After checking your document , we may call you at our Head office or the nearest branch office for further meeting.

FAQs
clip_image001 What is a Purna Travels Preferred Sales agent (PSA)
Purna Travels PSA will be authorized to take bookings for Purna Travels Products. Purna Travels PSA's will be supported by Providing Promotional Material like Brochures. Your name & address will be linked to our Website & your Outlets Address & Contact no will be printed in our brochure's.
clip_image001[1] Why should I become a PSA of Purna Travels.
As we all know that Konkan Tourism economy market is growing on day by day & the best way to take advantage of these growth is to be a part of a well renowned company like Purna Travels – Specialised in Konkan packages.
clip_image001[2] I do not have any experience in Travel industry? Can I still become a PSA of Purna Travels?
Yes if you have the Passion for travel & willing to put in efforts to grow the business, Purna Travels will train you to Know how to manage the inquiries & to grab bookings, Our agency department will guide you for your any inquiries.
clip_image001[3] What Product can I sell as being a Purna Travels PSA?
As being a part of Purna Travels PSA you will be authorized to Promote Brands Like Purna Travels - Corporate Bookings - Individual Tours ( FIT) – Tailor made Holidays.Fix departures of Purna Travels, Special Tours like, Scuba & Snorkelling, Exploring Lighthouses, Home on Wheels, Theme Tours to Konkan etc.
clip_image001[4] What is my role as a PSA?
A PSA will have to select the right outlet, furnish it, manage opex including rental, telephone charges, conveyance etc, appoint staff and pay for their salaries. PSA will have to ensure smooth financial functioning of the Agency. And achieve sales target with help of sales Staff & he can't work with any other Travel company.
clip_image001[5] How much is the Agency Fee/Deposit?
The Agency fee & Deposit
City Agency fees + 12.36% service tax
( Non- Refundable )
Refundable Deposit Amount Total
3 Years 2 lacs 3 lacs 5 lacs


clip_image001[6] Why is Purna Travels charging Agency Fee?
Agency fee/Deposit is collected to provide marketing support to your Agency. Marketing support Like your name & numbers will be linked to our website & Brochure's. If Promotional advertise is coming up in your Regions, your area & contact no will be printed in adv, Queries from your area will be diverted to your agency to generate your business. You will be given Login ID & Password to work in our Reservation System. Annual PSA meet.
clip_image001[7] PSA agreement will be valid for 3 years
Termination clause is updated in agreement as per rules if we find any misleading done by the agent to Purna Travels , he will be questioned & if found guilty will be terminated on SOS basis.
clip_image001[8] How many Employees need to be hired on my Payroll?
Purna Travels would suggest that you should Hire Min 1 qualified staff on initial basis which will take care of all Purna Travels Inquiries & bookings.
clip_image001[9] Will the staff of my Outlet be trained by Purna Travels?
Yes. The staff would trained by experienced professionals on all the products, reservation systems and processes of Purna Travels.
clip_image001[10] Can I give extra discounts for the customer’s who wants more discounts on tour Package?
No extra discounts will be given to guest; Discounts will be given to guest as per the Policy of Purna Travels. If found any agents giving any extra discounts without intimating Agency department, he will be questioned & if found guilty he will be terminated.
clip_image001[11] Can I give my Commission in the form of Discount to the Customer?
No you are not allowed to give your Commission to the Customer in the form of Discount, we have setup our policy of Discount, no matter where that guest is booking his tours , he will find same discount policy , if found giving commission as a discount the agent will be questioned & if found Guilty he will be terminated.
clip_image001[12] How should I fill up the PSA application form?
Request you to call on +91 9619246419 for the application form.
clip_image001[13] Can I carry out marketing and advertising exercise in my local area?
Yes you may carry out Marketing and Advertising activities in the area demarcated in the Agreement with Purna Travels. Marketing expenses will not be carried out by Purna Travels, All the marketing and advertising material need to be prior approved by the respective Purna Travels & then it should be published.
clip_image001[14] When would I receive my commission payment?
The commission payouts will be made in the following month once the guest departs on his holiday. Commission will be paid after deducting (Tax deducted at Source) ( TDS).
clip_image001[15] Token of appreciation
Other than Commission, Purna Travels will also share 2 % of the Net Profit of each tour materialised after the expenses of the said tour.








































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