Green Apple Story
Green Apple has been created in May 2007 by Mr Sejoe Jose and Mr George Tharakan. Sejoe is a seasoned operator in the sector of travel and hospitality. He is the director of Marvel Tours which employs over 75 staff across its 8 offices in India. Sejoe spent 10 years in this field prior to moving to the idea at the back of his mind: homestays. It took many months of hard work to find those unique properties. Thus was born Green Apple Experience, a unit of Marvel Tours. George Tharakan has participated in the very inception and development of Green Apple Experience. He is also the owner of Parayil Homestead, which you can find in our properties.
Why Green Apple’s name ?
The idea is simple :
« green » for our philosophy and the eco-friendly practices promoted in our properties ;
« apple » because it can be found everywhere : we want to spread our idea and any owner interested by this project is welcome. In addition, apple implies that responsible tourism creates new income and better life to locals.
An idea that was immediately welcomed and appreciated
An idea that was immediately welcomed and appreciated, At the launch of Green Apple Experience, many press articles covered our project :
« In this way regular homemakers, teachers, farmers can draw income from their properties. Marvel Tours Pvt Ltd’s Green Apple branding has come up with a novel way of reaching out to such people and converting their homes and rooms into a business venture. The traveller, the property owner and the facilitator are smilling at the profitable partnership. » The Hindu, Metroplus, August 16, 2007.
« In an attempt to provide tourists with an authentic feel of life in kerala. « The pioneer, June 19, 2007.
« The benefit to Homestays and bungalows are immense as Green Apple will manage, run, market and promote them. The thrust will be eco-friendly practices.It will employ local villagers as guides for village visit and will sponsor the educational needs of a child to ensure community participation. » The Economic Times, June 20, 2007