Following a robust demand for cruise tourism in India, Jalesh Cruises is planning to introduce a second ship by October 2020.
“We witnessed huge demand since Karnika sailed from Mumbai on April 17, 2019. We are witnessing huge growth in bookings. In this calendar year we expect a minimum of 35-40% growth in bookings from last year,” stated Jalesh Cruises Strategic Advisor Rajiv Duggal.
He also added that cruise is also a huge employment generating medium and cruise ships are heavy with crew members. Currently, in Karnika we have 900 crew and we will be adding another 900 with the new vessel.
The company as a long term goal is expecting to have 4-5 ships in the next five years.
The growing segments for cruise tourism in the country are wedding, MICE and young independent travelers, he said.
“Destination weddings are now slowly getting extended to cruise as we are witnessing a growing interest in the segment and MICE is also a huge segment for us. Young independent travelers are a huge opportunity for us. We are planning to tap all three segments,” he added.
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