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MPT pushing cruise tourism

Vasco: Mormugao Port Trust has over the years played a significant and crucial role in sustaining the high-end tourism industry in the State.
In order to meet the growing demands of the cruise liner traffic and to keep pace with other ports, Mormugao Port is constantly upgrading their facilities.
Presently the port has a dedicated cruise berth terminal at the port to handle the visiting cruise liners.
The Mormugao Port has during the current cruise traffic season handled 29 passenger cruise liners till   March 16 2017, aggregating to 36,722 passengers and 16,641 crew members.
The visiting guests hail from various countries in the west viz, USA, UK, Germany, Austria, France, Australia, Holland, Norway, Belgium, Greece, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Italy etc.
During November 2016, cruise liner M V Aida Bella was the first cruise vessels that docked at the port for an overnight stay. The month of December 2016 saw the peak arrivals of cruise liners at Mormugao and the port has handled 09 cruise liners during the month.
The current cruise tourism season which will extend up to June 2017, will see the arrival of around 40 cruise liners at Mormugao.
The port is doing all efforts under the overall guidance and support of the Ministry of Shipping to improve up on the infrastructure and other facilities for handling more cruise liners in the near future. The construction of the new Cruise Terminal building will facilitate housing of all the crucial Agencies linked to the tourism industry like Customs, Immigration, Shipping Agents, Forex, all under one roof.
Taking a progressive step forward in order to give a major boost to the Cruise Liner Traffic at Mormugao Port,  the Port management recently fulfilled the long pending need of the  tourism stakeholders by commissioning the Pre-paid Taxi Counter at the Cruise Terminal.
Furthermore, the Mormugao Port is  working  in close tandem with the Mumbai Port to boost the cruise liner prospects in the State.
Presently the Group Landing Permit is also being issued for the visiting cruise liner tourists at Mormugao port by the Immigration Authorities. The Port authorities are vigorously pursuing the implementation of ‘Visa on arrival’ at Mormugao Port with the competent authority, which when introduced will give a further boost to the cruise traffic at the port and ensure its rapid growth in future. [H]

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