2nd Edition of Aqua Cruise & Maritime Tourism Awards Shines Bright in Mumbai

  • The 2nd edition of Aqua Cruise & Maritime Tourism Awards hosted its 2nd edition on March 15, 2024 to attract gentle on the significant potential of Indias domestic cruising segment.
  • The event was attended by dignitaries which includes Shyam Jagannathan, Capt. B.K.Tyagi, Nalini Gupta, Mickey Mehta, Gautam Dey, Siddhant Shinde and far more.

The Aqua Cruise & Maritime Tourism Awards can make a roar, web hosting its next edition on March 15, 2024, at the Meluha, The Fern in Mumbai. The strategy was to figure out and rejoice the stalwarts & girls achievers in the cruise and maritime business. The spectacular celebration stood along the eyesight of Capt. Anish Jaggi, Director of Aquarius Maritime Solutions and Consultancy, of boosting the burgeoning domestic cruising phase (global, domestic and river cruising) in India.

The party was graced by the presence of outstanding industry names which include Shyam Jagannathan, IAS, Director Typical Shipping and delivery, Govt of India Capt. B.K.Tyagi, Chairman & M.D., The Transport Company of India Dr. Mickey Mehta, International Main Holistic Well being Guru Nalini Gupta, MD, Lotus Locations (GSA), Costa Cruises India Gautam Dey, CEO, GOA ICT, Pvt. Ltd. Siddhant Shinde, Director, GOA ICT, Pvt. Ltd and far more.

The award ceremony celebrated awardees in 13 categories and also identified the contributions of 5 women of all ages achievers who remaining an indelible mark on the cruise and maritime sector, each onshore and offshore.

Welcoming the audience, Main guest Shyam Jagannathan highlighted the formidable goal of accomplishing Indias GDP of US$26 trillion overall economy in sector exchange charge conditions by 2047-48. His presentation highlighted the two Indian ports amongst the most effective world wide 30, India becoming in the prime world 5 in conditions of the properly trained manpower, and also 30th in the logistics index. Pre-pandemic info exhibits that the cruise marketplace performs an significant purpose in job creation and developing financial prospects close to the planet. In accordance to Jagannathan and 2019 pre-pandemic details, India is at 13th position in conditions of passenger quantity with United states of america, Germany and United kingdom currently being the front runners. In Asia-pacific area, India stands at 4th position driving China, Taiwan, and Singapore.

So there is a good deal to be performed. But with Indias 28.4% cruise growth in terms of passenger quantity, the trajectory is appropriate, we require to make it steeper, more quickly, and quicker. Nowadays, cruising is not meant for elite section, and the sector is shifting to center class though the elite are shifting to yachts & substantial-close private ships. By 2026, the inhabitants of India will be >1.4 billion, with a developing center course seeking for vacation activities. However, the latest taxes and responsibilities are limiting the center class from using cruise ships.

He also talked over issues that are hindering the progress of cruise sector as effectively as locations of capacity developing all through presentation. The critical targets (2030) for cruise tourism enhancement include – quantity of cruise passengers to be a lot more than 15,00,000 (Recent – 4,68,000) number of ship calls built (household+port simply call) to be 1000 (Present – 451) quantity of world cruise-lines with dwelling-port in India to be 6 (Latest – 1) operational waterways for river cruise movement to be additional than 10 (Present –  6) and quantity of cruise coaching academies in partnership with cruise-traces to be 3.

Capt. B.K.Tyagi mentioned that the field has presently appear out with the eyesight of Amritkaal @2047 and how the maritime marketplace in likely to support the state. Govt. of India alongside with DG Shipping, have presently recognized problems with regards to technological innovation, insurance policies, taxes, and others. We know the issue, the problems, and the document defines who to do what, and the timelines. The Ministry of Delivery is extremely major on this entrance. There is huge possible, Indians are ready to shell out revenue. There is enormous need to connect our neighbouring international locations via passenger ferry vessels, and we are in the method of finalizing some strategies as properly. Let us all, as an field, participate and add to this development tale and mission, he extra.

On the same lines, Gautam Dey opined The eyesight of the terminal coming up in Goa is a testimony to the governments take care of to do everything to promote cruise tourism in India. The government is extremely significant and placing authentic really hard money into it. He uncovered throughout the exhibit that as the PPP husband or wife, Goa ICT gains the contract for 30 years originally for operational and administration of the cruise terminal when released and promised to cater great solutions to cruise ships coming to Goa. With all the infrastructure that the govt. is developing in quite a few regions, all that is lacking are the ships. We request the non-public sector now, and all the major 5 cruiselines and also the dwelling-grown Cordelia Cruises to arrive together and contribute to make India the hub of cruise pursuits.

Nalini Gupta expressing her enthusiasm stated, I am grateful that my travel practical experience incorporates the cruise market. But the greatest element is that I could carry, or alternatively influence Costa Cruises and Carnival Corporation to bring a ship to India. There are not however apparent policies for the cruise sector in India, but for me bringing a ship to India which was from Bombay to Maldives was pleasant, but the true ideal working experience was to bring the ship for domestic sailings. I experience honoured that we could attain people today from east, west, north and south. I definitely wish to thank anyone who made this aspiration and the chance of domestic sailing occur accurate. It is the folks who created it feasible and aided us in just about every way.

Talking about the success of the show, Capt. Anish Jaggi, mentioned, I am pretty thankful to all who took some of their valuable time out and produced this celebration a prosperous one. These awards have been conceptualized with intention to encourage and endorse cruising (worldwide, domestic and river cruising) in India. With Honble PM Narendra Modis eyesight of Dekho Apna Desh and the vast coastline that needs to be explored, my concept was and will be to boost maritime instructional tourism (maritime academies, ports, lighthouse tourism and so forth) in India, selling consciousness and imparting understanding about the maritime field, and exploring possibility of long term work era.

The award ceremony was adopted by cocktails and evening meal and was fantastically hosted by the renowned Ms. INDIA & Actor, Simran Ahuja.