Cruise tourism: India clocks four-fold jump in last two years
Union minister of state for shipping Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday said the initiatives undertaken to bring in synergy in the functionality of various stakeholders have resulted in a nearly four-fold jump in cruise callings on Indian ports in the last two years. The cruise industry accounts for a significant portion of the contribution to the national economy. The total cruise callings on five ports including Chennai, Cochin, Mumbai, Mangalore and Mormugao were 138 ships carrying a total of 1.76 lakh passengers in fiscal 2017-18.
“This number increased to 285 callings in FY19 and is projected to rise to 593 cruise traffic in the current fiscal. This was possible only because of the initiatives our government has taken to promote cruise tourism in the country,” Mandaviya said. The minister, who was in the city for the fourth India sailing season of Italy flag cruise Costa Victoria said that apart from these five, two more ports including Kolkata and Vizag are being developed for cruise traffic would soon start getting calls.