New Delhi, June 27 : Underlining the importance of tourism sector in order to boost the economy Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that state governments should proactively pursue the policy matter related to cruise tourism. Speaking at the National Workshop on Cruise Tourism Gadkari asserted that India has the potential to cater to 700 cruise ships which will create lakhs of jobs with the adoption of appropriate marketing strategies for attracting tourists across the country.
Briefing about the ongoing projects initiated by central government minister stated that, the Cruise terminals are being developed at five major ports — Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Mangalore and Chennai. He further added that around 111 inland waterways are being developed where the work for ten inland waterways will get completed by the end of this year including waterways of rivers Ganga and Brahmaputra.
The union minister also informed that, a joint task force, headed by Secretary Shipping and Secretary Tourism, was constituted for the purpose, and a global consultant was engaged for drawing up an Action Plan on cruise tourism in the country. The Ministry of Shipping has been working actively with all relevant ministries and organizations of the government to promote cruise tourism in the country said Gadkari.
On this occasion Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma, representatives of all stakeholder organizations – both from the government and the private sector related to cruise tourism were present.