Cochin Port has another good cruise seasonMarch 13th, 2009 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, March 13 (IANS) Despite the global slowdown, the current fiscal is another good business season for the Cochin Port, which would host 36 cruise ships by March-end, an official statement said Friday.
“By the end of this fiscal, the port would host about 22,000 cruise tourists and about 10,000 crew members. This is a significant number, considering the overall drop in the number of international tourist arrivals in the wake of the recession,” a port official told IANS.
Last fiscal, the port hosted 43 ships and 15,500 cruise tourists, the statement said.
It added that the current month was the busiest, with 11 cruise ships expected to arrive in Kochi.
Luxury cruise ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria would reach here March 18 and March 24 respectively.
Larger cruise ships like Oriana and Arcadia will also arrive at the port this month.