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Singapore sees 29% rise in Indian cruise passengers in 2016

MUMBAI: Singapore reported 1,00,000 cruise passengers from India in 2016, a rise of 29 per cent as compared to the previous year, an official said.

“In 2016, Singapore reported 1.2 million cruise passengers with a double digit growth of 16 per cent compared to 2015, of which 1,00,000 were from India, an increase of 29 per cent over 2015,” Singapore Tourism Board Regional Director for South Asia, Middle East and Africa G B Srithar told PTI here.

He said, cruising from Singapore is steadily becoming one of the key activities Indian travellers consider when planning their holiday itinerary in the Lion City.

“Recognising the potential of this segment, we have organised the second edition of its India Cruise Forum in Mumbai. We have also organised an interactive workshop aimed at educating cruise sellers with the nuances of cruise and cruise holidays,” he added.

According to a consumer survey conducted in Mumbai, 34 per cent of young Indian families are willing to spend Rs 1,00,000 2,00,000 on a cruise holiday and 98 per cent of the 500 travellers surveyed are open to a cruise from Singapore, he added.

“This presents huge opportunity and we will continue to partner with our travel trade and cruise partners to grow Singapore’s cruise industry and promote its strong destination appeal,” Srithar said.

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