Union Minister of state for shipping Mansukh Mandaviya said, “that the initiatives undertaken to bring in synergy in the functionality of various stakeholders have resulted in a nearly four-fold jump in cruise callings on Indian ports in the last two years.”
The minister, who was in Mumbai for the fourth India sailing season of Italy flag cruiseCosta Victoria, said that apart from these five, two more ports including Kolkata and Vizag are being developed for cruise traffic would soon start getting calls.
He also said that, “the cruise industry accounts for a significant portion of the contribution to the national economy.The total cruise callings on five ports including Chennai, Cochin, Mumbai, Mangalore and Mormugao were 138 ships carrying a total of 1.76 lakh passengers in 2017-18.”
This number increased to 285 callings in FY19 and isprojected to rise to 593 cruise traffic in the current fiscal
The minister further said the government is also taking initiatives to develop inland waterways for river cruise tourism.
He added that new destinations like Tarkarli, Murud Janjira and Ganpatipule in Maharashtra, Thiruvanathpuram, Vizhinjam and Calicut in Kerala, Daman, Diu Porbandar and Dwarka in Gujarat and Lakshwadeep and Kadmat islands are being developed under the initiative.