Published on : Thursday, July 20, 2017
Mahesh Sharma who is the Union Tourism Minister mentioned in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that according to the estimates in a draft report made by the consultants, the number of cruise travellers might be about 4.72 lakh, 27.18 lakh and 39.41 lakh respectively in case of various growth scenarios respectively for the year 2042 to 2043.
In 2016 to 2017, a total of 158 cruise vessels visited India at five major ports including New Mangalore Port, Cochin, Chennai, Mormugau and Mumbai.
As per the estimates, the numbers of these cruise ships might rise up to 955 within 2042 to 2043 depending on the level of growth in this sector., feels Sharma.
He thinks that cruise tourism represents a sophisticated tourist segment of the Indian tourism industry. The home port operations augment local economic activities while business opportunities arise for the supply for transport, hotels, bunkering to cruise shops generating direct and indirect employment and so on.
Sharma went on to add that the local economy also gains from spending by the numerous cruise tourists during land excursions.
Enriched with a coastline stretching for 7,500 km, India has resorted to some key measures to strengthen cruise tourism here that involves relaxation of policies and also utilizing global consultants.
A cruise ship carries around 3,000 to 4,000 tourists and 1,500 crew members to different islands, cities, and also acts like a destination with different kinds of entertainment and leisure activities.