Eight Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed on Sunday at the first Incredible India International Cruise Conference, jointly organized by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the Government of India and FICCI.
Strategies to develop India as a cruise hub, policy initiatives and port infrastructure, the potential for river cruise tourism and the role of technology in the post-pandemic world were some of the key issues debated during the two-day event.
The Union Culture and Tourism Minister, G Kishan Reddy, speaking on the occasion, highlighted the vast potential of the river cruise industry in the country. Addressing the inaugural Incredible India International Cruise Conference (IIICC) in Mumbai, Reddy invited domestic and international tourists to ‘Come, Cruise in India’.
The minister said, “The central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made tremendous efforts to clean up and rejuvenate our rivers, including the gigantic Namami Ganges project, which can give a major boost to river tourism activities.
Reddy added: “We are currently working on a ‘comprehensive Indian national tourism policy’. Cruise tourism will certainly be a priority sector, as it is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing sectors in the leisure and travel industry.