NEW DELHI: The Government will invest Rs 1,500 crore to develop five cruise terminals in the Country, Shipping and Road Minister Nitin Gadkari said recently.
Gadkari said these terminals will be built in Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Cochin and near Kandla Port by the world’s best cruise tourism and terminal operation companies.
The Shipping and Tourism Ministries have jointly engaged EY to draw up an action plan for the development of cruise tourism in the Country to realise the immense potential of the sector. The Government also wants to ease the security, immigration, customs and health clearances for foreign tourists arriving in India through cruises.
The Minister said Government-owned Major Ports will be investing heavily in this new vertical as he’s anticipating almost 700 cruises to come to India in the coming years. Last year, over 100 cruise liners brought foreign tourists to India, mainly to Mumbai. “Almost 10 lakh Indians book cruises and most of them go to Singapore to board it. We could develop the same facilities here,” he said. The Minister said various Singaporean companies operating the cruise lines business have shown interest to start operations in India.