In order to promote cruise tourism, the Indian
government on has announced a slew of reforms to revolutionise
the industry which has a high employment generation potential, by
simplifying the rules and procedures for cruise port
"The Ministry of Shipping, in conjunction with the Ministry of
Tourism, has announced reforms to the regulatory processes
governing the cruise tourism industry in the country," an
official statement said.
The objective is to revolutionize this industry which has a high
employment generation potential, by simplifying the rules and
procedures pertaining to various aspects of cruise port
operations like security, immigration, and customs.
According to Special Secretary, Shipping, Alok Srivastava, the
promotion of cruise tourism requires not just improvement in
infrastructure but also uniformity, transparency and
predictability in the procedures followed by multiple government
organizations. "In other words, Ease of Doing Business is
critical for the success of cruise tourism," it added.
The reforms are based on the recommendations of a global
consultant engaged by the Ministry to draw up an Action Plan for
providing a customer friendly and hassle free logistics process
for the cruise tourism industry and develop an enabling ecosystem
necessary to promote and sustain cruise shipping in India.
A committee has been set up to work out the modalities and
requirements for implementing the above recommendations in a time
The Consultants have also been asked to suggest five potential
cruise circuits for international, domestic and river cruise,
that can be immediately taken up for development and to prepare
Techno-Economic Feasibility Report (TEFR) for these circuits.
Specific ports/terminal would also be considered for development
for international cruise tourism as per a suggested Model
Terminal Design, and suitable policy/regulatory framework based
on international best practices, strategies of cruise terminal