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Sea change: Centre to start cruise tourism in coastal states

India has 7,500-km long coastal belt which has a huge potential to attract tourists from across the globe

Snorkelers on elephant beach

To tap tourism potential across 7,500-km long coastal belt in the country, Union minister Mahesh Sharma on Saturday said the government will start cruise tourism in coastal states. "We have 7,500-km long coastal belt which has a huge potential to attract tourists from across the globe. So, we are promoting it by initiating programmes like spiritual tourism and cruise tourism...," the tourism minister said. He also said that under the Spiritual Tourism programme, the government has drawn up plans to develop holy places and heritage monuments in different parts of the ...