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Promotion of cruise tourism in Mumbai and Mandwa on anvil
According to the website of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, 'Cruise Shipping' is not only one of the most dynamic and fastest growing components of the leisure industry worldwide, but is also fast emerging as a new marketable product.

Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation chaired an interactive  session of various stakeholders of the travel and tourism trade in Mumbai in the first week of July, to formulate  an action plan for realising the full potential of Cruise Tourism in the country, stated an official release.

"The Action Plan that has emerged from these deliberations focusses on developing identified sites as attractive tourist destinations and generating awareness about them both within the country and abroad; ensuring cleanliness and operational efficiency." It added.

It has been articulated that identified sites around Mumbai Port would be developed as tourist attractions, while Mandwa, as a wellness destination, Marine Drive, as a hub for water sports, by giving cleanliness and operational efficiency utmost priority.

The website of the Ministry of Tourism had earlier held, "India with its vast and beautiful coastline, virgin forests and undisturbed idyllic islands, rich historical and cultural heritage, can be a fabulous tourist destination for cruise tourists. With the Indian economy developing at a steady pace, middle class growing in number and increasingly possessing disposal incomes which could be spent on leisure activities, Indians could also take on cruise shipping in a big way."

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