Indian Cruise Tourism targets domestic travelers to perk up its fledgling sector

Published on : Friday, December 1, 2017

download (17)The central government of India is all prepared to take ride on a possible wave of domestic tourists from Mumbai, Vizag, and Cochin to perk up India’s cruise tourism industry which is still in a nascent stage.


Sources informed Moneycontrol that the shipping ministry views “potential in the domestic market” rather than international cruise tourists and ships.


“India can see a boom in cruise only through domestic cruise… International cruise may not come on major scale,” as expressed by a government official.


Nitin Gadkari Union shipping minister argued the concept of revitalizing cruise tourism in India which has the possibility of churning out “employment for over two lakh people” and bring in “revenues of Rs 35,000 crore”.


If we look back in 2008, India had a “Cruise Shipping Policy” when its share in the global cruise tourism industry was just two percent. As of 2016-17, barely 0.5 percent of total cruise tourists visited India and almost 70 ships harbored at various ports in India.


The minister proposes to take cruise liner traffic to 700 annually and increase the passenger count to 1.5 million by 2031-32.


The official explained that India must focus on domestic cruise shipping first to build the “cruise culture” in the wake of limited supply of cruise ships. “First, it is important to develop a cruise culture in India,” he said adding, “International tourists will keep coming slowly, but the target should be the local market”.


“Mumbai is the main hub for local market… But, we will also develop others,” the official said adding, “Cochin has the potential… Vishakhapatnam has potential in the long run”.


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