The bus journey will begin on March 1, a Kerala Tourism release said here Jan 12. Travel writers, photographers and bloggers who already have their own blogs are eligible to enter the selection. The registration for ‘Kerala Blog Express’ journey ended on January 10. Profiles of participants are available on Kerala Blog Express website for voting, by the general public.
The followers of the participants on social media like Twitter and Facebook are also eligible to vote. The online voting will be completed on Jan 15 and bloggers with the highest votes will earn seats on Kerala Blog Express, following a final review by a judging panel of the tourism department. “This is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country to attract the blogger community for a first-hand experience of our land, its geography and culture,” said Kerala Tourism Minister A P Anilkumar.
Entries had been received from as many as 80 countries, including US, UK, Poland, Spain, Germany, Canada and Indonesia.
Some of world’s best-known travel bloggers like Venezuela-born Marcello Arrambide, whose Wandering Trader is one of the most popular travels blogs on the internet and Romanian Cezar Dumitru whose extensive travel experiences have been recorded on his Imperator Travel website are taking part. Many writers participating in the race for the 25 seats on the Kerala Blog Express have featured in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveller and Lonely Planet. (PTI)