A group of senior cruise lines has launched a forum to help promote their ships in India.
Cruisers forum has been launched by the Indian government to encourage more of them to travel to the country, according to Hindustan Times.
The forum, which has been set up with the help of the government, will aim to “increase tourism to the nation” and boost local businesses, said a release from the Indian Cruise Lines (ICL) group.
“The world has witnessed the incredible growth of Indian Cruise Line in recent years, with the company growing to over 50 ships and more than 20,000 crew members.
Cruisers have been part of this growth and have helped to drive a lot of economic activity,” said the release.
The group of cruise lines have also set up a Facebook page and Twitter handle, and have also been working to set up ‘Cargo and Cruises India’ group to promote their vessels and attract more visitors.
Cruise lines have been a major source of revenue for India.
Cruises in the country have generated an estimated $1.9 billion in revenue last year, according a report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Cruise ships have also played a key role in the tourism boom in India, with some estimates putting the number of cruise ships in the world at more than 200,000.