NEW DELHI: Though late but India has started using its coastline for leisure, tourism and commercial purposes. Recently, the Indian government has embarked on an ambitious program to see that the waters are used not only for navigation, but for tourism and entertainment as well. This is being done largely through a joint venture and partnerships with the private sector.
Taking a big initiative and major step forward towards sea tourism, Ms. Shripriya Dalmia Thirani, has taken the plunge, as it were, and is offering two ships, which will be near the Mumbai coastline, to provide entertainment, a meetings facility, and cuisine for 400 guests on each ship. The ships are brought from Turkey. Shripriya is excited about what the ships will offer, once they are ready later this year.
Taking to media, she revealed that guests on the ships will be able to do many activities and options of literary activities, debates, and even plays will also be offered onboard. Both tourists and locals will be able to spend useful, leisurely time, as they relish the variety of food as well. The ships will be available for groups, meetings, and conferences – a unique MICE venue.
For the moment, overnight stays and a casino are not in the cards. But one thing is sure that the ships will add a new dimension to cruise, entertainment, fine dining, and the meetings industry.