It is the year of the FIFA World Cup and soccer fans in the city of Kolkata are no where behind in terms of preparations to welcome the big event. Arrangements are on full swing to experience another season of the football frenzy.While most households and clubs are in hurtle to ensure the installation of plasma screens for better and maximum view, the case does not remain the same for others. For the television space does not seem to suffice the passionate football fans!”This is the first time I will be going with my aunt and uncle. Brazil is the hot favourite country for football; it is like heaven. It is like going to the Mecca of football for the first time in my life. We will stay there for twenty days. We will go there via Singapore and spend four days in Singapore on our way back”, says Aditya Chatterjee.Many have opted for a tour across the globe to the grounds itself for the real feel! Fortunately, the decision of these die-hard fans have come down well with the tourism industry as travel agents make attempts to collaborate with various banks to introduce EMI schemes only to create friendly business.”This time it is very encouraging. We have about 200 families traveling, which is much more than our expectations and this is very nice. We see a lot of new segments also as a part of this so we’ve got good numbers and there may be much more when the game gets closer to the qualifying round. If their favourite teams are winning, I can get more passengers, it looks like”, says Anil Panjabi, a leading travel advisor and planner in kolkata.advertisementWhat is even more interesting is the consistent perseverance and determination of few to have a glimpse of the most awaited tournament. Families have saved very innings of their income for the past years and are now eagerly awaiting the tour.”It feels good. We prepare for this for four years. We work very hard so that we can attend the tournament. When it is finally time to go then I feel happy. This will be our ninth time. I don’t look into the expenses, my husband does. It costs two lakh a head, we already have four tickets. We will go there and try and get tickets for four more matches. I support Brazil”, says Chaitali Chatterjee.”I have been going since 1982, first Spain, then Mexico then Italy. This will be my 9th World Cup. The expense is around 2 lakhs per head. FIFA is giving us our own apartment to stay. We are leaving on the 17th of June at night. Five of us are going. Of course I am happy that I am going to the World Cup. Brazil is the world’s best location for football”, says Panna Lal Chatterjee.