Huge potential for further development of cruise tourism exists in the country, said Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya, here today. The Minister was briefing mediapersons onboard the Costa Victoria, a foreign cruise ship having capacity of carrying 2400 passengers, that has arrived at the Mumbai port today. The Minister said, cruise tourism can become a major source of employment because of its labour-intensive nature. Shri Mandaviya remarked that, today 2.30 lakh Indian seafarers are serving in the global shipping industry. Hence, the Centre is facilitating growth in this sector by way of creating synergy between the various stakeholders of this industry like cruise companies, tour operators immigration and customs department and so on, said the Minister.
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