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Mumbai to be cruise port of the country while Goa, Cochin Chennai ports will have smaller jetties

Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons said while Mumbai will be developed as the major Cruise Port where like Singapore cruises will start,   smaller cruise jetties will be built in different parts of the country, including in Chennai.

The minister told newspersons at the national capital here on July seventeenth that more focus was given to the cruise tourism sector with the tourism ministry investing Rs 100 crore and the shipping ministry contributing a corpus of Rs 250 crore to the sector.

"The cruise ports are being developed in Mumbai. Cruise jetties are being developed in Goa, Cochin, Chennai and Visakhapatnam," an official statement quoting the minister said. The cruise jetties will provide support to the Mumbai cruise port. Curiously Goa, Cochin and Chennai has more tourist attractions than the congested Mumbai city says a leading tour operator. 

He said the tourism ministry is focusing on promotional activities to attract the attention of the tourists on the unexplored areas of North Eastern states. Alphonse said the tourism sector had created 14.62 million job opportunities in the country in the last four years.


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