Luxury trains, (operational and planned.)

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Luxury trains yet to gain pace on Indian tracks.

Most Indian states are jumping on the luxury train bandwagon. Anita Jain (TravelBiz) examines the potential and the profitability of the niche product.

Monday, February 18, 2008 (10:00 IST)

Everyone likes a success story, especially when it concerns a premium product aimed at high-end inbound tourists. Spurred by the success of Palace on Wheels, the luxury train of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC), which is fully booked till 2010, many states have got on track to launch luxury trains. Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab are all planning to launch luxury trains targeted at the high-end foreign tourists in their own-backyard. Maharashtra, which has Deccan Odyssey, is gearing to roll out another luxury train called Vidharbha Queen, while RTDC, which already has another luxury train, Heritage on Wheels is slated to launch Palace on Wheels II by October this year. The South Indian Tourism Confederation (SITCON) will also be rolling out a luxury train, 'Southern Splendour.' Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is considering starting a luxury train with a pan-Indian route by end of the year. Even hospitality players like Oberoi Hotels have expressed interest to launch a luxury train.

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(An informative article.)

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