Gadkari launches ‘The Dawn of Cruise Tourism’ in Mumbai to promote cruise tourism in India

Huge untapped potential for cruise tourism in India under Sagarmala Project: Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari launches the Sagarmala project in Mumbai to Promote cruise tourism in India

Mumbai, Aug 8: Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, today highlighted the huge potential for cruise tourism, particularly in view of the reforms undertaken by
the Ministry of Shipping under the Sagarmala Project.

He made this observation after inaugurating a special event, ‘The Dawn of Cruise Tourism in India’, here.

The Union Minister expressed confidence about the huge potential of cruise tourism and boost for economy, calling it as a ‘game-changer’ for domestic as well as international travellers.

Citing a report, he said that this initiative would gain potential revenue close to Rs 35,000 crore for all stakeholders and pointed out that promotion of cruise tourism will likely create over
2.50 lakh jobs.

He further said that with this new initiative, the number of cruise ships visiting India could go up from 158 per year to 955 per year.

He called for greater transparency, lesser red tapism and result-oriented time-bound target completion.

Mr Gadkari further highlighted that his Ministry was contemplating an idea on the use of methanol as marine fuel so as to bring down cost of operations and promote eco-friendly mode of transportation.

Further, the Union Minister emphasised upon technology upgradation, reducing human interface with increased automation for smoother and effective service delivery.

He also released a report on Roadmap for Sea cruise tourism, Mumbai Port SOP for Cruise Operations and cruise terminals in India on the occasion.

Nitin Gadkari launches the Sagarmala project in Mumbai to Promote cruise tourism in India