India to be global hotspot for cruise shipping
According to a report by Press Trust of India, a high-level task force has been appointed and top global consultants are drawing up blueprint for it.
Five circuits each are being identified for international and domestic cruise services and a report is likely by May this year.
India, with 7,500 km of coastline, has taken steps on a war footing to promote cruise tour, which includes relaxation of policies and developing infrastructure.
Mumbai has shown the way with a likely arrival of 100 cruise ships, he said.
So far, Indians had been travelling to South-East Asia, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean to experience the cruise, but for the first time, Europe’s key player Costa Cruises launched Costa neoClassica in India recently, which has confirmed seven voyages. ■