New Tourism Trend: CRUISE TOURISM…
By Ashesh Pradhan
Cruise tourism is one of the most beneficial and fastest growing components in the industry of leisure worldwide, now in India too. India has a very vast and beautiful coastline, natural forests and idyllic islands, rich historical and cultural heritage, beaches of Goa, Kerala, Chennai and Vizag and islands of Andaman and Nicobar, which will be very famous tourist places for cruise tourism.
According to some recent figures, a total number of 139 cruise ships, carrying 1, 62,660 passengers visited our Indian coastline in the year of 2017-18. More than 29 million passengers boarded on the cruise ship in 2018 and this number is expected to touch 30 million in 2019 globally. India is sitting on a gold mine of cruise tourism because of its very beautiful coastline along with very amazing beaches and the island of Andaman and Nicobar and high historical and cultural heritage.
Indian coastline is 7517 kilometers vast in the geographical area. A USA based construction engineering company called Bermello Ajamil and Partners were asked to prepare a viable plan and procedure of cruise tourism operations in our country and in their initial report had pointed that the direct cruise revenue benefit of Rs. 35,000 crore to the government as against current 712 crores and this report was submitted in 2017.