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Mumbai to host India’s first International Cruise Conference on May 14 and 15

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Indian cruise market to grow 10 times in a decade : Sarbananda Sonowal

MUMBAI : The Indian cruise market has the potential to grow 10 times over the next decade, driven by rising demand and disposable income, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and AYUSH, Government of India, said in a press conference on Thursday. Along with this, he also announced the upcoming 1st Incredible India International Cruise Conference 2022 which will be held from 14 to 15 May 2022, in Mumbai.

Sonowal said that India is gearing up to become a great cruise destination and capture the growing market. “The Indian cruise market has the potential to grow tenfold in the next decade”, he said, adding, “PM Shri Narendra Modi’s flagship Sagarmala initiative is connecting the ports of Chennai, Vizag and Andaman to Goa, which attracts maximum tourists. “

During the press conference, he also unveiled the brochure, logo and the mascot of the conference – Captain Cruzo. Program website- www.iiicc2022.in.

The Minister said, “The objective of the Conference on International Cruise Tourism is to showcase India as a desired destination for cruise travelers, highlight regional connectivity and disseminate information about India’s preparedness for the development of the cruise tourism sector. is.”

The two-day international conference will see participation from stakeholders including international and Indian cruise line operators, investors, global cruise advisors/experts, senior government officials from the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance, Tourism and Ports and Shipping, State Maritime Boards etc. State Tourism Boards, Senior Port Officers, River Cruise Operators, Tour Operators and Travel Agents, etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, highlighted the number of significant changes in the promotion of cruise tourism in India, resulting in a year-on-year increase in cruise tourism by 35 per cent. percentage increased. Set in the COVID pandemic. “In 2019, we had over 400 cruise ships coming to our shores, and reached four million cruise passengers,” he said. The Secretary said that despite the COVID shock, our ports have been able to develop the necessary infrastructure over the last two years to facilitate the landing of cruise passengers.

Similarly, Rajeev Jalota, IAS, Chairman, Mumbai Port Authority said, “Through this initiative, we aim to promote cruise tourism and attract tourists with specific interests. Mumbai has been the cruise capital of India and continues to grow.” have seen an increase in cruise passengers and cruise ships before the pandemic.” River cruise tourism in the Northeast and Northern part of the country has also witnessed a significant growth in the last few years. In addition, there is a demand for small cruise ship building from different parts of India.

“To take advantage of this we have organized a two-day conference,” he said.

Sanjay Bandopadhyay, Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India said, “The conference will attract more global players and involve all operators in global cruise tourism. River tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors and brings in revenue and employment to the operators. , people and many related industries.”

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