Union PortsShipping and Waterways Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal has introduced the proposal to arrange an Advisory Committee comprising international specialists in cruise tourism to advise and information the present Task Force comprising the Secretaries of Tourism and Ports and Shipping in creating an enabling eco-system for growth of cruise tourism within the nation. Sonowal stated this whereas talking on the first Incredible India International Cruise Conference 2022 in Mumbai,
The Advisory Committee will comprise specialists from India and overseas, he stated.
The Union Minister asserted that the Indian cruise market has the potential to develop 10 fold over the following decade, pushed by rising demand and disposable incomes.
“The government of India realises this potential of cruise tourism and is determined to position India as a global cruise hub with state-of-art infrastructure for both ocean and river cruises”, he stated. Stating that India is an impressive cruise vacation spot, Sonowal stated a number of points of interest of India alongside its 7,500 km lengthy shoreline and huge river methods are but to be unveiled to the world.
He stated the worldwide gamers have evinced a eager curiosity in selling cruise tourism in India, and with the event of proper infrastructure and adoption of contemporary know-how, India will definitely turn into one of many high tourism locations on the planet.
Transformation is feasible by means of transportation and for that we have to leverage know-how’ stated Sonowal, invoking the phrases of the Prime Minister.
Elaborating the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Minister of State, Shripad Naik stated that 4 theme-based coastal vacation spot circuits resembling Gujarat Pilgrimage excursions, West Coast – Cultural and scenic excursions, South Coast – Ayurvedic wellness excursions and East Coast – Heritage tourism have been developed to activate cruise demand. Lighthouse and Island growth can be being undertaken to draw vacationers to Indian coasts, he added.
He additional stated River cruise or Inland cruise is one other potential part of cruise tourism that might be explored.