Mangaluru: Government to allow cruise tour ships only after 2024

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jan 27: As coronavirus infection continues to rage all over the world, the central government has not yet given its nod for the arrival of cruiser ships into Indian ports. As these ships are to be booked a year in advance, as per the current expectations, tourist ships may begin to visit Mangaluru only in 2024.

In the past, a ship moving between Mumbai and Goa was being operated. However, after the third wave gripped India, the operation of this ship also has been suspended. At the same time, ships are permitted to be operated in America where they are moving in specific continents. Currently no ships are visiting Asia.

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In normal course, tourist ships season here is during November, December and January. This year, this season has passed. If the coronavirus infection recedes by then, the government might give permission for the ships by the year end. By the time bookings start, ships may begin to visit, it might be at the end of the year 2023 or early 2024, officials of New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) said.

In the year 2018, 26 foreign ships had visited Mangaluru port and tourists from different countries had toured tourist spots around the city. There were agreements for 27 foreign ships to visit Mangaluru and 24 had come till February. By then, coronavirus infection gripped the nation and the arrival of other ships was cancelled.

NMPT has facilities like berthing, emigration centre, prepaid auto, handicraft stalls, folklore art of Tulunadu, welcome by artistes, multi axle buses to tour tourist destinations, tourist cars etc. The foreign tourists usually buy rural products or handicrafts. About 400 to 500 people used to get business in the form of car and auto rickshaw drivers, street vendors etc.

Every passenger spends around Rs 10,000 towards tourist vehicles and other purchases. At an average of eight lac rupees per ship, tourists from 24 ships would have spent over Rs 19 crores. Big ships coming to NMPT are charged Rs 25 lac by way of fee. This works out to a revenue of six to seven crore rupees a year. In total, the district lost a business of Rs 25 crore in this sector alone.

The taxi drivers here lament the fact that now they are not getting any business as tourist ships are not visiting the port. They want permission to be given to ships as soon as possible so that the people who are dependent on tourists get some business and are able to look after their families.






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  • Eulalia D'Souza, Bejai / Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 28 2022

    This was expected as a final nail on our coffin as Tour Operators. Government is fine with all Political Rallies, Religious programs and rallies and all kinds of gatherings without any Covid Protocol followed. But Tourism Industry, Govt has not at all been bothered. What are we going to do until 2024? We did not even get a proper revival policy, other than 15 lacs loan without a guarantee. This is just an eye washing policy. After having a long standing Business relationship with our banks, our banks will give us such loans with minimal security, so why should we take Govt scheme? Tourism Department and Govt should have brought in that 15 lacs loan policy with just a minimal interest rate, say around 5% & easy re-payment policy. Govt & Tourism Dept should have considered giving us some compensation, depending on our previous 03 years performance to keep us alive. We are doomed completely, that is not a concern for the Dept or the Govt. When there was roaring business, everyone was there to take the credit of our hard work. Now there is no one to even think about us plea. People in authority always gave an account of revenue earned by our Tourism Activities, but through our unfailing services in the industry. Now when we have no business at all, none is concerned about taking some interest to compensate to us. It is really sad and hard for us to accept. No one in the Dept or Govt is suffering with the present situation, but, us the main stake holders in the Tourism Industry are going through a tough time to keep our business establishments alive. It is pathetic and really sorry situation.

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  • rahulraj, kadri

    Fri, Jan 28 2022

    Mangalore being a coastal city has lot of scope for tourism..waterfront infrastructure must be developed..waterfront roads .floating restaurants...sea front and riverfront restaurants, gardens, layouts, resorts etc is very needed....But found tourism dept slow and lacking in this aspect.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Jan 28 2022

    mangaluru has taken a big beating as communally sensitive place after the 2008 church attacks and then home stay attack and the recently firing that took place in one including native mangaloreans want to settle or tour land of it has become den of thotte uppad enjoy the cheap bar and restaurants and roadside pani puri stalls...that is the standard now

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 28 2022

    important factors why Mangalore took bigger beatings.

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  • S Kumar, Urwa

    Fri, Jan 28 2022

    Mangalore has the potential of attracting is unfortunate that the bureaucracy and the ministers do not want to acknowledge it.So many livelihoods have been affected.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Shipwrecking of Indian economy in full swing after 2 disasterous DeMonetisation and GST in the name of fake pandemic. Every leader with World Economic Forum is doing this harakiri in their countries to enslave their citizens under Global Vultures. Unless people wake up to these systematic degradation of their living standards and bleak future for their kids under this situation this will continue unabated. Good news is Truckers in Canada are descending on their capital and in UK and Germany people without any divide as vaccinated or unvaccinated have joined forces to end future mandates after finding the truth that unvaccinated were revealing since 2 years.. We Can Do It too.

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  • A, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    What a crazy decision ! it looks politician's taking this decision have no remorse towards people in the Tourism industry , leave alone the income these ships bring into . I wish they also announce how they will also compensate all the affected who would loose lively hood etc . Unbelievable ! Cruise ships dont bring covid , tehy are already tested before boarding

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    No cruize ships. No proper flights. No business. So now people will struggle more and more. But for political parties and leaders no problem for making rallys. Elections. Looting people. Buying MLA s. Jumping obe party to other party. Dividing society in the name religion. Not sure in future how many people loose their life. Any God has watching all this and he will wait patiently if we people change our attitudes to obey him. If not more and more disasters will need to face in future. Specially shortage of food grains vegetabels.

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Masterstroke to make India become a USD 5 trillion economy. What will be left is USD 5 Tonne. ;) ;) ;)

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    It is the final nail in the coffin for all those connected with the tourist industry, thanks to our leaders policies!

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    It is the same tale of woe in every industry, what the govt hadn't killed with notebandhi and gst, covid has finished.

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