The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr Prithviraj Chavan, has said the state government plans to facilitate the setting up of an international cruise terminal at Mumbai Port in order to attract cruise tourists from Europe and the US. Currently, Malaysia and Singapore are the more popular cruise destinations in this region.
Speaking at the recent convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators here, Mr Chavan said the state would send a proposal to the Centre to expand Mumbai Port’s current passenger terminal, to provide all the amenities needed to attract international cruise ships and foreign tourists.
"We have been getting a lot of requests from tour operators for setting up a cruise terminal in Mumbai so that thousands of passengers who want to use these services do not have to go to other countries. The international cruise terminal will help us attract tourists to the state, which will help the economy," he said.
The biggest challenge in setting up a cruise terminal, however, is obtaining the various clearances required from the Navy, Coast Guard and the Mumbai Port Trust, Exim News Service reports.