The first-ever Incredible India International Cruise Conference (IIICC) was organized in Mumbai, Maharashtra to boost the cruise tourism sector in the country. The conference was organized by the Mumbai Port Authority and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).
The conference focused on the ‘River cruise industry’ which could become a new tourism avenue in India. The conference stressed the vast potential of the river cruise industry in the country.
The conference provided a platform for discussions on strategies for developing India as a cruise hub, policy initiatives, and port infrastructure, the potential of river cruise tourism, the role of technology in the post-pandemic world, and more. After the discussion, Eight Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) were also signed.
The Union Minister of Ports invited domestic and international tourists to ‘Come, Cruise in India’. Also, he highlighted the initiatives of the government like the Namami Gange Project to clean and rejuvenate rivers. The Union government is planning to formulate a ‘Comprehensive Indian National Tourism Policy’, in which Cruise tourism will be given importance.
A high-level advisory committee would be established to assist the Apex committee on Cruise Tourism to deliberate and anchor measures on boosting the cruise tourism sector, especially with an eye on increasing cruise calls at Indian ports, developing infrastructure, and improving the talent availability and jobs.