Government in talks with Singapore for cruise connectivity for promoting tourism : Gadkari

Vastavam web: Keen on promoting cruise tourism on a mega scale, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said talks are on with Singapore for cruise connectivity.India has huge potential for cruise tourism and efforts in this direction could boost it from 80 ship per annum to 900, the shipping minister said.Cruise terminals are being built at major ports and in Mumbai alone Rs 1,000 crore is being spent to build a cruise terminal, Gadkari added.

India, with a 7,500 km of coastline, has taken some steps to promote cruise tourism that includes relaxation of policies and roping in global consultants.India saw 1.76 lakh cruise passengers in 2016-17, a merely 0.5 per cent of the global pie. Domestic cruise passengers are estimated to grow to 1.5 million by 2031-32.