The Union government has decided to develop cruise terminals and the necessary infrastructure to attract luxury liners, the Shipping Minister of India, Mr G. K. Vasan, told the Lok Sabha.
"Cruise shipping would be a path-breaking development in India’s efforts to carve a prominent space in world tourism and it would showcase India as a major source and destination for world tourism," Mr Vasan informed the members.
According to Exim News Service, the government has already approved the Cruise Shipping Policy in June last year.
He said that the number of cruise ships calling at the country’s ports were increasing.
"The number of cruise ships which called at Indian ports was 106 in 2008-09 as compared to 55 in 2003-04 and the number of cruise passengers rose from 34,372 in 2003-04 to 69,456 in 2008-09," he elaborated.