Monday, October 07, 2013

Gir safari garners 97 bookings as soon as facility goes online

Gir safari garners 97 bookings as soon as facility goes online

The forest department has already earned Rs1,13,425 from the online bookings.

The online booking for Gir Sanctuary, which was inaugurated on Thursday, seems to have clicked with the tourists as the sanctuary has already garnered 97 bookings for its safari.

Two online bookings were also made for the Devaliya Interpretation Centre.

The online booking was inaugurated by tourism minister, Saurabh Patel, in the presence of Environment and Forest minister, Ganpat Vasava, MoS for Environment and Forest, Govind Patel, and a host of officials from the tourism and forest department.

Speaking at the launch of the function, CN Pandey, Chief Wildlife Warden Gujarat, said, that 50% of the tickets for the jungle safari in Gir Sanctuary can now be booked online.

The rest are available for spot booking. "The booking can be done 90 days in advance. The ticket available for a particular day, if not booked online, will be converted to spot booking tickets the next day," said Pandey.

He said the initiative will soon be extended to other sanctuaries. The payment for the online booking can be done through credit or debit cards.

According to Saurabh Patel, the facility was being made available as per the demands of tourist.

"More than four lakh tourists visited Gir last year. The online facility will make it easier for tourists, particularly foreign tourists to plan their itinerary well in advance. We have reserved 50% of the tickets for spot booking so that those who were not able to book it online could also get a chance to enjoy the sanctuary," said Patel.

A forest department official said that within hours of being launched, 97 bookings for the Gir Safari and two for the Devaliya Interpretation centre have been made. So far, the forest department has earned Rs1,13,425 from the online bookings.

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