Cruise tourism is one of the most vibrant and fast-growing sectors of the leisure and travel industry, says Union Minister for Culture and Tourism G. Kishan Reddy. Speaking at the first incredible India International Cruise Conference, Reddy said the ministry was working towards a comprehensive national tourism policy. As one of the most vibrant and fast-growing sectors of the leisure and travel industry, cruise tourism will be a priority sector, he said.
Speaking on the ambitious Prime Minister’s National Plan of Dynamics, Reddy said that tourism-related infrastructure is being built around river tourism, shipping, forest and wildlife tourism. Reddy Namami also pointed to the Ganges and other projects, adding that the Center has made significant efforts to revitalize Indian rivers to encourage river-based tourism.
The Minister said that 150 conferences have been planned in different parts of the G20 countries, citing the upcoming opportunities. Promoting coastal tourism through lighthouse tourism, beach tourism and cruise tourism will help communities find other means of livelihood and supplement their income, he said.
Speaking at the same event, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonwal said that growing demand and disposable income meant that the Indian cruise tourism market was expected to grow tenfold in the next decade.
As part of the Swadesh Darshan project, the Union Ministry of Tourism has already approved 10 projects under the Coastal Thematic Circuit worth Rs 648.80 crore in the states and Union Territories. The government has sanctioned Rs.
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Hosted by the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the incredible India International Cruise Conference has witnessed a presentation on strategies to make India a cruise hub. Policy initiatives and port infrastructure, river cruise tourism and the role of technology in the post-epidemic world were also discussed at the event.