Golden Chariot Hoping for More Success & Profits in its 10th Year
Golden Chariot, the South Indian luxury train now aims to bag in more money in 2018. Started in 2008, Golden Chariot is in the 10th year of its commercial run. After multiple successful trips, Indian Railwaysand Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) now aims to gain more profits from Golden Chariot. The duo has decided to call tenders and select operators who will help them in achieving this target. As per trusted sources, KSTDC and IRCTC have planned to outsource some of the important functionalities of marketing and services of Golden Chariot.
The vendor will be responsible for helping customers to book tickets or in other words, in ticket selling activity. Some of the other tasks which the vendor needs to perform are publicity and planning on behalf of Golden Chariot train.
Till last month, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) was solely responsible for ticket sales of Golden Chariot, that is, tickets were available at their website or at their ticket counters. KSTDC and Indian Railways will now be in a revenue sharing model in this ticket selling activity along with the existing fixed component policy.
As per the sources, the train was not able to incur much profit because of the previous completely fixed revenue model. In this traditional model, the train was paying 35 lakhs as variable haulage charge and 20 lakhs as fixed charge to the operators. The charges for occupancy rate was also high, approximately 35%.
After a long discussion between the Railway Board members, the revenue model was decided to be implemented in the early months of this year, the revenue ratio has been decided as 56:44. The contract of the operator with Golden Chariot has also expired recently.
Note: Currently Golden Chariot Train is not Operating
Golden Chariot will now plan more trips as a part of this new profit earning strategy. The train even planned few shorter trips of day 2 or 3 during Dusherra in 2017. At present the train has only couple of tours, namely, Pride of the South (Bangalore, Kabini, Mysore, Hassan, Hampi, Badami and Goa) and Southern Splendour (Bangalore, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Madurai, Trivandrum, Kovalam and Cochin).
As the haulage charge was more, the train had to reduce the number of trips to recover the charges. The train operated only during the peak season, that is, during the winters. Now as the new revenue model and a new operator is in place, so the administration is planning to have more trips.
At present the train does not operate during the summer and monsoons. The train officials are also planning to start trips during the off season to generate more revenue. They also confirmed that the train will still be in maintenance for 45 days to ensure smooth operations. At present KSTDC is completely focused on getting an operator before Dussehra this year.
Golden Chariot was started in 2008 with 44 super luxurious cabins. The train has been an epitome of the aesthetic ambiance and rich culture of South India through these years.
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