Vinod ZutshiConsultants & Advisors

Cruise Tourism: ‘India Ahoy

“With a vast coastline of 7500 kms, India has a beautiful seascape to tap the cruise tourism segment. The past one year has shown reasonable progress on all fronts towards developing cruise tourism in India…. Global Consultant appointed by Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Tourism submitted the action plan for development of cruise tourism in India recommending (a) dedicated cruise terminals at five sea ports, (b) customer friendly and hassle free rules and procedures for cruise operators, (c) single window clearance for all pre-cruise requirements of operators and (d) promote cruise shipping in India at the global level…. Indian Cruise Line Association (InCLA), a new multi member association, engaged itself with Government at various levels and proactively followed up for the acceptance of the white paper recommendations submitted to the Ministry of Shipping suggesting reforms in policy, customs, taxation and regulatory laws…. The Government meanwhile has allowed foreign-flagged cruise ships to call at Indian Ports without prior license from DG, Shipping. Government is also in the process of reviewing the implementation of standard operating procedures and has taken steps for developing dedicated cruise terminals and other related infrastructures at major ports. Government has also allowed e-visa facilities from five sea ports…. The efforts of all stakeholders have shown positive results, with COSTA cruises entering the 3rd year of its cruise operations between Mumbai and Maldives, AANGRIYA having commenced its cruise operations in October 2018, JALESH cruises set to begin their operations between Mumbai and Goa from April 2019 and many more global cruise liners looking forward to commence operations with India as a home port.”

Participated and addressed as a panel speaker at Workshop on Cruise Tourism at SATTE 2019 on the subject: Cruise Tourism: ‘India Ahoy!’

 

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