The Early Years
Pioneer was born out of a passion for travel. Our founder Mr. P.D. Joseph initially saw opportunities in transportation as a consequence of the growth of the tourism industry in Kerala and founded Pioneer in 1992 handling ground operations. Earlier, Mr. Joseph had worked at the Casino Hotel for over 25 years, where experiences of the erratic quality offered by ground support vendors led him to ensure that the quality of the vehicles their drivers and support staff that Pioneer offered would absolutely leave no room for dissatisfaction.
Our main office in Kochi was established in 1995 and almost immediately Pioneer started operating bespoke culture tours in Kerala. The company, then, rapidly ventured into handling groups directly, and by 1999 set up a highly experienced professional team offering a wide range of tours throughout Southern India. In 2000, Pioneer along with leading players in the industry collaborated in forming the Kerala Travel Mart Society and went on to handle the ground transportation logistics for the initial three editions of this premier event. Subsequently Pioneer went on to bag Kerala State Tourism award in 2006 and the National tourism awards for being the best tour operator in 2011-2012.
With headquarters in Kochi, Pioneer operates from offices in Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Mysore. Pioneer is today a leading destination management company in Southern India with an overseas marketing representative based in London. Besides tailor-made FIT itineraries, we also handle group itineraries in tandem with our principal agents.
Guest who travel with Pioneer are accommodated at some of the finest establishments in the country - moderately priced 3 star hotels, heritage resorts, luxury palaces & hotels, safari lodges, jungle resorts, home stays and farms, ensuring that each of our tours offers excellent value for money.
Seamlessly networked around the clock, our team of highly trained travel professionals and field guides extend personalized services to every guest travelling with us. To further supplement our services, our guests are transported by a dedicated fleet of vehicles driven by highly trained professional chauffeurs. Together with an in house reservation and ticketing system our infrastructure ensures that our guest travel hassle free, both, on domestic and international routes, regardless of whether they opt to travel by train, air or road.
* Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
* Accredited member - Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala.
* Best Tour Operator in 2005-06 - Government of Kerala.
* National Tourism Award - Government of India (2011 -12).
* Active members of IATO, PATA, SKAL, FHRAI, TAAI, JATA etc.