Published on : Saturday, November 25, 2017
Mumbai has a huge possibility to turn into a well-known cruise tourism destination in India. With the new strategies being employed, the prospect would soon be realized, explained Sanjay Bhatiya, Mumbai Port Trust Chairman as Costa Cruises, the first rate European cruising company will soon to start its India season.
To quote Bhatia as he explained on Friday at a ceremony aboard the cruise ship Costa neoClassica at the Mumbai port, “over three lakhs Indians go abroad to enjoy cruise tours every year. The services are available here at their doorsteps in Mumbai now. India has a cruise tourism potential of 40 lakhs passengers of which Mumbai alone has 32 lakhs. The standard operating procedure for immigration, e-lending card, e-visa have been brought to ports. A special cruise policy would come in place soon and there are plans to set up cruise ports in five major ports.”
Jayprakash Rawal, tourism minister of Maharashtra who had partaken at the event stated that the state tourism development corporation is all prepared to tie up with the cruise operators to make the most of the tourism potential of the state.
“Cruise tourism is the fastest growing sector and it is expected to create more jobs while making a value addition of Rs 32,500 crore to the national economy,” the minister said.
The largest travel group of Italy and Europe’s top cruise company, Costa Crociere has declared three and four nights cruise line sailings from Mumbai to Kochi through Mangaluru and Kochi to Maldives respectively from November to March.