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Cochin Port signs work order for state-of-the-art Cruise Terminal

On Friday 20 July 2018 Cochin Port Trust issued work order to construct the new Cruise Terminal which will have facilities to handle 5000 tourists and the terminal is to come up at Ernakulum Wharf of Cochin Port by February 2020.

2253 sq mtrs area of the Terminal will have all the facilities that go with a cruise terminal like  passenger lounge, crew lounge, 30 immigration counters, 8 customs clearance counters, 7 security check counters, Wi-Fi, tourist information counter, duty free shopping, souvenir/artefact/curio shops, medical care, book store, mini conference hall, gaming zone, ATM/bank services, foreign exchange counter, cafeteria, luggage counter, toilets, parking area for buses and cars, trolleys, wheel chairs etc.

 Out of the estimated cost of the construction of the terminal at Rs 25.72 cr, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India has sanctioned Rs 21.41 cr.

The Ministry of Shipping and of Tourism have jointly taken many initiatives to promote cruise tourism in Indian. Cochin Port Trust too has been promoting cruise tourism since it is beneficial to local tourism trade. It is said every cruise tourist who comes there spends on an average 400 US Dollars. 

As of now, cruise vessels having length upto 260mtrs are handled at the BTP berth and Samudrika, the cruise passenger facilitation centre and vessels having length more than 260mtrs are handled at Ernakulam Wharf. It is in this context the new cruise terminal has been envisaged at Ernakulam Wharf. 

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