India emerging as top destination for Cruise Tourism says Minister

first_imgIndia is fast becoming a global hotspot for Cruise Tourism with its five major ports witnessing a significant rise in footfall of passenger. Also, a leading European cruise operator has made Mumbai Port as its home port for a cruise ship for several voyages.“India is fast emerging as a cruise tourist destination. In 2014-15, a total of 1,04,125 cruise passengers were handled at five major ports which increased to 1,25,838 during 2015-16, achieving a growth of 20.85% over the previous year,” informed Minister of State for Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan.To attract cruise lines and ships as a part of Cruise Tourism in India, Radhakrishnan stated that the government has developed cruise terminals at four major ports which include Mumbai, Marmugao, New Mangalore and Cochin.A new cruise terminal is being developed at Chennai Port and is scheduled to be completed by April 2017. Incentives to attract cruise liners to make major ports as homeports include a rebate of 25% in vessel-related charges for coastal cruise movement, as well as existing 40% rebate for the coastal vessel.last_img