Indian travelers taking a liking for cruise tourism

Published on : Monday, May 15, 2017

cruise-tourismIndians are gradually taking a liking for cruise tourism, particularly in outbound circuits. The Indian government is gearing up to boost both river and ocean cruise tourism.

 

According to Singapore Tourism Board, the destiantion saw a 29% increase in passengers from India at 100,000 last year.

 
Ratna Chadha, chief executive of Tirun Travel Marketing and India representative of Royal Caribbean Cruises, said “At present, share of cruise tourists in India’s overall tourism basket is negligible. But it is growing and the government, too, is keen to boost this sector.

 

This year, we expect a 60 per cent growth rate over the previous year in passenger bookings from India.”

 
Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean are popular choice for cruise tourism among the Indians. Operators, such as Thomas Cook India and Travkart have experienced growth in demand.

 
Rajeev Kale, president and country head (leisure travel and MICE) of Thomas Cook (India), said, “Cruise tourism is an attractive brag-worthy proposition and finds a strong appeal as an opportunity to bond with family and rejuvenate without the hassle of packing and unpacking, transfers and catching multiple flights and trains. We are witnessing an impressive year-on-year growth of 22 per cent for our cruise business across segments.”

 

2017 is expected to see an even bigger growth in cruise tourism for Indian travelers.

 
However, of the 12 major ports in India, only Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, New Mangalore and Chennai have facilities for berthing international cruise ships.

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